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Repair, Regeneration and Replacement Revisited

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2012

Dr. David G. Armstrong presented the fourth lecture of the College of Science's Living Beyond 100 lecture series on February 14, 2012. He is Professor of Surgery and Director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona.

Abstract: More than 250 years ago, the philosopher Auguste Comte suggested that "Demography is Destiny". It is this change in demography that is leading toward that destiny: nothing less than a transformation of medicine and our collective relationship with it. From advances in composite tissue transplantation to stem cells to bionic human-machine interfaces, we are experiencing a present-day revolution in replacement parts. As these advances merge with similar progress in consumer and medical devices, the aging individual will be forced to ask the question: What of us will remain innately "us"?

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