Google looks to conquer human aging

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Google has already dabbled in industries far beyond the realm of search engines, like their self-driving car and Google Glass projects. It’s no surprise, then, that the company has begun venturing into the world of healthcare!

What’s the point of fighting off cancer and killer diseases if we’re all going to die anyways? It’s a scary thing to say, I know, but it’s true. We spend millions and millions of dollars to delay death, but wouldn’t it be better to spend money just to get rid of it altogether? Well, looks like the Grim Reaper may be out of a job soon, because Calico – a new company being funded by Google – is dedicated to defeating death once and for all!

Calico, which is an acronym for “California Life Company,” will be led by Arthur D. Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech and the chairman of Apple. The company announced that its focus will be fighting illnesses, diseases, aging, and… believe it or not… death. “Illness and aging affect all our families,” said Google CEO Larry Page. “With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives.”

That’s quite the grand mission! However, considering how advanced some of Google’s recent projects are, Calico just might have a real chance. “In some industries,” says Page, “it takes 10 or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Health care is certainly one of those areas. We should shoot for the things that are really, really important, so 10 or 20 years from now we have those things done.” With that said, the company hasn’t provided specific details on exactly how they plan to accomplish their goals, but we’ll keep you posted!

Featured image of Hector Garcia on Flickr. Image of Google LEGO wall courtesy of Cory Doctorow on Flickr.