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Ageless : the new science of getting older without getting old / Andrew Steele.

Steele, Andrew, (author.).

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Kent Library Association - Kent 612.67 STE (Text to phone) 33410147729380 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 05/19/2021

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"A startling chronicle by a brilliant young scientist takes us onto the frontiers of the science of aging, and reveals how close we are to an astonishing extension of our life spans and a vastly improved quality of life in our later years. Aging--not cancer, not heart disease--is the true underlying cause of most human death and suffering. We accept as inevitable that as we advance in years our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate and that we are ever more likely to be felled by dementia or disease. But we never really ask--is aging necessary? Biologists, on the other hand, have been investigating that question for years. After all, there are tortoises and salamanders whose risk of dying is the same no matter how old they are. With the help of science, could humans find a way to become old without getting frail, a phenomenon known as "biological immortality"? In Ageless, Andrew Steele, a computational biologist and science writer, takes us on a journey through the laboratories where scientists are studying every bodily system that declines with age--DNA, mitochondria, stem cells, our immune systems--and developing therapies to reverse the trend. With bell-clear writing and intellectual passion, Steele shines a spotlight on a little-known revolution already underway"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Aging > Prevention.
Longevity.

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Steele, a physicist and computational biologist who is now a science writer, is passionate about learning about aging and how to stop the diseases we associate with aging. In this debut, Steele suggests that there would be less heart disease, cancer, and dementia if we were able to stop cells from aging. He believes that if we view aging as a disease to be cured, and increase funding for biogerontology research, there is potential to allow people to live healthier, longer lives. Steele succeeds in bringing some of the ethical and policy issues surrounding the field of biogerontology, a subfield of gerontology concerned with the biological aging process, into this thorough, yet accessible narrative. While the book is an interesting overview of the history and current state of aging research in various organisms, the advice to delay aging is similar to what health professionals have been telling patients for years: make sure to exercise regularly and get seven to eight hours of sleep as well as wear sunscreen and avoid smoking. VERDICT A solid read for those interested in biological sciences research, and anyone looking to learn more about aging in general.--Margaret Henderson, Ramona, CA

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Computational biologist Steele does his best scientific impersonation of Ponce de León as he hunts for a restorative fountain of youth in this investigation of the biology of aging or biogerontology. How likely is it that medical science can one day slow down, suspend, or reverse the highly complicated process of aging? Evolution has stacked the cards against extended life spans, favoring reproductive success over longevity. Changes that occur as we get older include damage to DNA, shortening of telomeres, build-up of senescent cells, increased chronic inflammation, and malfunctioning organ systems. Steele reviews research (mostly lab studies on worms and mice) and highlights a number of hopeful hypotheses. Therapies to address the aging process might involve the use of stem cells, enhancing the immune system, and gene editing. Calorie-restricted diets do appear to increase longevity somewhat. Studies of twins and an analysis of genealogy records suggest that long life is not primarily inherited. Steele doesn't consider the potential consequences of halting physiologic aging, particularly social and economic outcomes, making for an intriguing but overly optimistic forecast for the possibility of postponing age.


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