Is 100 the New Life Expectancy for People Born in the 21st Century?

Is the first person who will live to 150 alive today?

That’s the subject of a “$1 billion bet” between two leading scientists in the field of aging: S. Jay Olshansky, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Steven N. Austad, a biologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Friends since the early 1990s, the two made their bet in 2000 after a newspaper article quoted Prof. Austad as saying that living to 150 will soon be within our grasp. Each has put $300 into an investment account that the two men hope will be worth more than $1 billion in 2150, when the bet comes due. But even Prof. Austad, the optimist, says, “It’s going to be our descendants who get to collect that money.”

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To learn more about the older body’s response to vaccines, AFAR and Next Avenue invite you to a free, expert-led webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET: “The Biology of Aging and Our Body’s Readiness for Vaccines.” Dr. Austad will moderate a discussion with immunobiologists Jenna Bartley of UConnHealth and Dr. Janko Nikolich of the University of Arizona.


Learn more and RSVP here.

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