A feature story in the January 2000 issue of Wired describes
a conference last summer at UC Berkeley convened by the Extropy
Institute, a group that promotes an "ultrahuman revolution"
consisting of extensive human genetic modifications and human
A number of prominent researchers spoke at the annual Extropy
conference. Among them were Gregory Stock, organizer of the
"Engineering the Human Germline" conference at UCLA
1998; Calvin Harley, chief scientific officer at Geron Corporation;
Cynthia Kenyon, a geneticist at UC San Francisco; and Judith
Campisi, a cell biologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Wired calls the scientists' participation "visible acknowledgment
that Extropian rhetoric isn't nearly as wild as it sounds."
article, titled "Don't Die, Stay Pretty," goes on
to describe both
Extropian ideology and the state of the art in longevity research.
It can be found at <http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.01/forever_pr.html>.