Humans may live to 120 in just 60 years time, according to a leading expert.
Research reveals it is possible to slow down our biological, or ‘inner’, ageing process, which could help us to live decades beyond the current life expectancy of 81.
Drugs that interact with our DNA maintain the function of our bodies for longer, the research suggests.
Experts stress, however, this must be combined with a healthy lifestyle for full effect.
Yet, how a 120-year-old life expectancy may impact our quality of life is unclear.
The side effects of such treatments are also unknown.
Several European countries are in talks to start drug trials within the next three years.
Professor Vladimir Khavinson, head of the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology, said: ‘It is important to understand that nobody would want to live a long and unhealthy life.
The main goal for us now must be to allow people to stay healthy for as long as possible into their old age.’