Around 200 B.C., QIN SHI HUANG, the first emperor of CHINA, accidentally killed himself trying to live forever; he poisoned himself by eating supposedly mortality-preventing mercury pills!!!
Centuries later, the search for eternal life wasn’t much safer.
In 1492, POPE INNOCENT VIII died after blood transfusions from three healthy boys whose youth he believed he could absorb.
In 1868, KENTUCKY politician LEONARD JONES ran for the U.S. presidency on the platform that he’d achieved immortality through prayer and fasting—and could give his secrets for cheating death to the public. Later that year, he died of pneumonia.
NEWSWEEK Journalist BETTY ISSACSON reports on how the medical, science, and technology communities are cashing in on the big business of the search for immortality and how SILICON VALLEY Is TRYING To MAKE HUMAN BEINGS IMMORTAL - And FINDING SOME SUCCESS.