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Monday, December 08, 2008

Longevity Odds

Steven Austad believes that a human will live to be 150 years old. But he's betting it won't be him.

Austad, a professor of cellular and structural biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is so confident that someone will be 150 by the time the year 2150 rolls around, he has a running wager with a good friend and fellow academic. The descendants of whoever wins will collect the pot, which started out in 2000 with $300 and has been invested with compounded interest.

"Of course I think that will happen," Austad said last week with a sly grin. "I wouldn't have made that bet if I didn't think so." [Link]

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