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NewOrgan Prize From Methuselah Foundation
The NewOrgan Prize is a new research incentive launched by the Methuselah Foundation. The NewOrgan Prize will be awarded for successfully constructing a whole new organ - heart, kidney, lung, pancreas or liver - from the patient's own cells.
The newest longevity prize specifically focuses on speeding up the development of replacement tissues and organs for humans. The goal is to accelerate advances in regenerative medicine that will become the standard of care for replacing all tissue and organ systems in the body within 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The Methuselah Foundation is supported by individuals who are no longer willing to stand by and do nothing while the diseases of aging disable and then take their irreplaceable loved ones away. They are taking matters into their own hands and inviting others to join with them to cure and reverse aging. Among the over 100 donors and sponsors, including the X PRIZE Foundation, Foresight Institute, the Life Extension Foundation, Dr. William Haseltine -- Founder of Human Genome Sciences and Dr. Raymond Kurzweil -- noted futurist and entrepreneur.
Science fiction writers have already blazed the path when it comes to setting up foundations for longevity research. Perhaps the most famous early example is that of the Howard Families, from Robert Heinlein's 1941 novel Methuselah's Children. In the story, the Howard Foundation is started in the mid-1800's by Ira Howard, who died at 48 - of old age. He gave his life's fortune as a bequest to found an organization that would seek to lengthen the span of human life. The best way at that time was to make use of basic breeding principles to encourage marriages between people with healthy vigorous grandparents. Several hundred years (and a dozen or so generations) later, the descendants of the Howard Families typically lived to 120+ years of age. The Howard Foundation also supported research into longevity and age-reduction therapy.
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