This is a great story that may well fold. However, the second story tells us that it may not be impossible at all.
Another plus must be
which is as close as one can get to ideal human living conditions. Indonesia
It is just too easy to recall a grandmother’s tales for the oral history to be trustworthy and the benefits for holding forth are obvious in today’s world of commercial celebrity.
However we need a bunch of local septuagenarians to confirm her age in their own childhoods. She would have been in old age even then. If that can be made to stand up, we have at least enlarged the conspiracy to disprove.
I wonder if she sells clove cigarettes?
Census records 157-year-old woman
JUNE 08, 2010
The Max Planck Institute recently published a book on supercentenarians (people who live beyond 110 years of age)
If no progress is made against the 50% annual mortality rate of centenarians and supercentenarians then one would expect the age of longest lived person to be 120 years. There was a french women who lived to 122 but she is a statistical outlier.
If there was progress to enable more and more people to live to 100 and then the 50% annual mortality rate was still present, then when there were 4 billion centenarians one would statistically expect the longest lived to be 132 years of age.
If you could halve the annual mortality rate of centenarians and supercentenarians then the expected maximum lifespan of one billion centenarians would be 160 years.
This suggests that successful tissue engineering to replace defective organs or stem cell or simple regenerative treatments might reduce the annual mortality rate by 60%.
The SENS life extension research and other life extension research would more directly address increasing longevity for everyone.