the world spends trillions of dollars on medical research to reduce the change of death at child birth, to give longer life, to make people more comfortable.
Now it's getting increasingly less common for a newborn child to die in their first year of life. More and more diseases are being cured. Now people live well into very old age. The biggest projects in medical research now are those diseases which kill the most people today: the diseases of the elderly. Many suggest that this human intervention is saving too many lives, and causing too many babies to be born. Many also say we have a population problem. The population problem is worsened by having so many over 50's around. Lots of people study anti-aging technology. Wouldn't that be some scary shit if nobody ever aged beyond the desired years?
In reality, a huge amount of basic science research is just to see how the universe works; It's medical research in disguise for funding purposes.
Should we stay on the track of medicl research? should we pick a new pet science project besides immortality for all, and do something else? should we stop science alltogether?