From that understanding, Wade continues, "physicians can hope to develop new ways to fix the human machine and in time to correct most--perhaps almost all--of its defects" Before long, these future fixes might even allow humans to become "effectively immortal," he concludes, speculating that people endowed with such potential might want to separate themselves from lesser beings by establishing a society of Methuselahs
Tarantulas are practically harmless; they are the Methuselahs
of the spider world, with a life span of up to 20 years, while common garden spiders are lucky to live past their first birthday.
Roederer Cristal Champagne, one of only four such methuselahs
Because they spend so much of their lives frozen, these Methuselahs
of the microscopic world operate at a pace that befits the realm of geology more than that of biology.