Time of Our Lives : The Science of Human Aging: The Science of Human Aging

Voorkant
Oxford University Press, USA, 23 jun. 1999 - 288 pagina's
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As recent articles about "the graying of America" suggest, a demographic revolution is well underway. The number of people living into extreme old age is increasing dramatically. By the year 2050 one in five of the world's population, including the developing countries, will be 65 or older, a fact which presages profound medical, biological, philosophical, and political changes in the coming century. In Time of Our Lives, Tom Kirkwood unfolds some of the deepest mysteries of medical science while demolishing some of the most persistent misconceptions. He overturns the almost universally held belief that aging is either necessary or inevitable--it isn't--and debunks the idea that there exists a "death gene" that evolved to inhibit population growth. Instead, Kirkwood shows that we age because our genes, evolving at a time when life was "nasty, brutish, and short," placed little priority on the long-term maintenance of our bodies. With such knowledge, along with new insights from genome research, we can devise ways to target the root causes of aging and of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and osteoporosis. Expanding his thesis of the "disposable soma," developed over twenty years of research, Kirkwood makes sense of the evolution of aging, explains how aging occurs, and answers fundamental questions like why women live longer than men. He even considers the possibility that human beings will someday have greatly extended life spans or even be free from senescence altogether. Beautifully written by one of the world's pioneering researchers into the science of aging, Time of Our Lives is a clear, original and, above all, inspiring investigation of a process all of us experience but few of us understand.
 

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TIME OF OUR LIVES: The Science of Human Aging

Gebruikersrecensie  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A conversational, intelligent look at the current understanding of how and why biological aging occurs, along with some suggestions for how to stay healthy in old age. British gerontologist and World ... Volledige review lezen

Time of our lives: the science of human ageing

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Of the many recent books on why and how we age, this is one of the best written. Kirkwood (biological gerontology, Univ. of Manchester) explains complex scientific concepts in a clear, entertaining ... Volledige review lezen

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ageing
52
io The cancer connection
147
n Menopause and the big bang
161
Eat less live longer
174
Why do women live longer
184
The Genie of the Genome
196
In search of WonkaVite
212
Making more time
230
Epilogue
243
Notes
257
Index
269
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