A U.S. Social Security Administration investigation into waste and fraud for those receiving benefits at age 112+ (far too many than are actually alive!) mentioned the GRG as a sort of “baseline comparison” for their review:
Once again, we see that the GRG numbers are used by more than just “supercentenarian fans”…it can help give governments some idea of the scale of pension fraud at the highest ages. With supercentenarian benefit fraud costing the USA more than $3 billion a year, one would think they should hire us as consultants to investigate cases for them!
Director, GRG Supercentenarians Department
From: Dr. Harold Katcher To: Gerontology Research Group ; ‘Gerontology Research Group’ Sent: Monday, March 9, 2015 8:45 PMSubject: Re: [GRG] Craig Venter and Human Longevity, Inc.
Craig Venter seems to be stuck in the ‘gene’ mode – everything is the responsibility of genes – like all the others trying to harness the vast data stores out there, he doesn’t seem to have a clue of what to look for. Throw piles of money at it and it’ll give you an answer. Not to say Craig (like I know him) hasn’t contributed a lot – he has. But he thinks there’s a gene for every phenotype – and there isn’t.