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Health and longevity regarded as common pursuit of mankind: Nobel winners

July 12, 2019


Abstract : Health and longevity are regarded as the common pursuit of mankind, and the first duty of scientists should be to make human healthy and longevous.

NANNING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Health and longevity are regarded as the common pursuit of mankind, and the first duty of scientists should be to make human healthy and longevous.

Nobel laureate in Physics George Fitzgerald Smoot III made the above remarks at the First World Longevity Forum and Life Science Conference held in Hezhou City, the world longevity city in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Friday.

Photo: George Fitzgerald Smoot III, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2006, delivers a speech at the longevity forum and life science conference held in Hezhou City on Friday

Smoot noted that all scientific propositions and research should be carried out around health and longevity, and this is perhaps the welfare and sincerity of humanity brought by the science and technology.

Reasonable health maintenance and rehabilitation measures could effectively delay physiological senility and hold back the process of pathological aging, thus better prolonging human life, said Smooth.

He also believed that active exercise is conductive to improve the quality of life and multiple factors, such as intelligence, physical strength and social communication, can help the elderly to achieve this goal.

Photo: Daniel Shechtman, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2011, delivers a speech at the longevity forum and life science conference held in Hezhou City on Friday

Daniel Shechtman, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2011, echoed Smoot’s opinion, saying that the beauty of life lies in health and longevity and thus efforts should be made to build and protect nature's gifts in a bid to make the environment sustainable.

Shechtman pointed out that Hezhou is not only a model of environmental sustainability, but also the fertile soil of longevity culture.

Shechtman also expressed the hope that Hezhou experience would better service the people around the world.

(Contributed by Qiu Jun, Edited by Yang Yifan, [email protected].org)

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