USA - Life Expectancy May Pass 100 Years

Arno Froese

One of the biggest investment opportunities over the next decade will be in companies working to delay human death, a market expected to be worth at least $600 billion by 2025, according to one of Wall Street’s major investment banks.

Innovation in genome science, big data and “ammortality,” which includes wearable technology and products in the so-called wellness space, could soon prolong healthy human life well beyond 100 years, Bank of America told clients.

“Medical knowledge will double every 73 days by 2020 vs. every 3.5 (years) in 2010, and genomic sequencing costs have fallen 99.999% since 2003,” BofA Merrill Lynch analysts Haim Israel and Felix Tran wrote. “This has enabled a new frontier in precision medicine to further extend life expectancy, heralding a ‘techmanity’ (technology meets humanity) revolution.”

Genomics, or the study of the human genome, is expected to be a $41 billion industry by 2025 and will provide the “next generation of gene editing technology offering potentially revolutionary advances in prevention and disease treatments,” Bank of America said.

Companies such as $46 billion genome sequencer Illumina, $27 billion lab instrument manufacturer Agilent and $89 billion life science equipment maker Danaher all have exposure to the space.

Illumina in particular plays “an important role in helping advance disease research, drug development, and the creation of molecular tests,” Tran and Israel wrote., 8 May 2019

Arno's commentary

According to Wikipedia, the United States stands at 31st place in the world with a life expectancy of 79.3. The top 15 countries are European except Japan, Singapore, Australia, Israel, and South Korea.

In the United States, life expectancy in the year 1900 was 43 years.

What are the reasons for longevity? One is comfort; backbreaking and dangerous jobs have been replaced by machines. Working environments have significantly improved partly due to environmentalists’ insistence. Sufficient food of higher quality than ever is now being made available to virtually all classes of people. Healthcare is one of the most significant contributors toward longer life; countries with universal healthcare are on top.

Nevertheless, it changes nothing when it comes to the clear statement of Holy Scripture: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). That means 70 to 80, and for that reason, Scripture admonishes us: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (verse 12).

We believe that life expectancy is increasing because the great imitator, the prince of darkness, the god of this world, must create a world where people live in peace, prosperity, and exceed the limits set by Scripture.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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