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Do You Want to Live Forever?

Three University of Utah researchers will discuss the science, technology and ethics of immortality during a March 22 event at the Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City.

March 13, 2013 – Three University of Utah faculty members will speak during The Leonardo museum’s Friday, March 22 Leonardo after Hours program on immortality, “Do You Want to Live Forever?”

The following news release was issued by The Leonardo museum and USTAR, the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative. Please contact them for further information.

Leonardo after Hours Presents

The Science, Technology and Ethics of Immortality

— The Leonardo – Lisa Davis, 801-230-9399,
— USTAR – Justin Berry, 801-707-5342,

What: Free event examines human drive to cheat death – from mummies and frozen heads, to genetic modification and brain uploads. Experts in genetics and ethics. Brain mapping, plus audio and visuals engage live audience.
Date: Friday, March 22.
Time: 5:30 p.m., small plates and beverages. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., program.
Location: The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City. 3rd Floor Performance Center.
Cost: Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required; nominal charge for food and beverages
R.S.V.P.: Space is limited. Please visit or call 801.531.9800, ext. 202 to register.


March 13, 2013 – Since the dawn of time, human beings have searched desperately for ways to extend their minds, bodies, intellect and souls beyond the mortal experience. On Friday, March 22, Leonardo after Hours will present, “Do You Want to Live Forever? The Science, Technology and Ethics of Immortality.”

The event will combine audio and visual elements, with local experts and a live audience in exploring the physical and digital frontiers of life extension and immortality, as well as the serious ethical and psychological questions already beginning to emerge. Featured experts include:

— Robert E. Marc, distinguished professor of ophthalmology and director of research, John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah.

— Jeffrey R. Botkin, associate vice president for research, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah.

— Richard M. Cawthon, research associate professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah.

Leonardo after Hours is a joint production of The Leonardo and USTAR, the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative. The quarterly events explore science and technology in society through the lens local innovation, and are made possible with generous support from consulting, construction and operations company CH2MHill.

For more information about the event, please visit