Functional Immortality is coming. Possibly within the lifetimes of younger BHGPers (futurist Kurzweil thinks it's probable within the next 40 years). Medicine has long been set up to fix symptoms, but the research world is now racing to prevent symptoms by keeping us perpetually young and healthy. Stem cell research has been a huge step, there will be more.
I bring up this topic because just this week a team at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute announced that they have identified in our research rat friends a cure for heart aging. All you do is up the dosage of a specific protein (called GDF-11) and their hearts remain perpetually young and strong. They think they might have effectively ended heart aging, and it might be coming to humans in pill form rather quickly. The trials in rats have been so good that it's been fast-tracked and there's a realistic possibility it will be available to us within 5 years.
Anyway, to Hamsterdam, y'all. May Hamsterdam live forever.