The Evolution of Aging: How New Theories Will Change the Future of Medicine 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
What is aging? Scientists have been baffled by this question for centuries and disagree regarding even the general nature of aging. Is aging the result of fundamental limitations that apply to all living things, or are organisms designed by nature and genetically programmed to age because a limited life span conveys some advantage?
This issue has potentially enormous implications for medicine. If aging is the result of fundamental and unalterable forces of nature then anti-aging medicine is impossible and anti-aging research is futile and foolish. If aging is imposed by an evolved life span regulation system, then research will likely reveal means for altering the operation of the aging mechanism and thereby improve the treatment of many age-related diseases and conditions.
This book provides an historical review of biological aging theories including underlying evolution and genetics issues and describes exciting recent discoveries and theories showing that aging is indeed programmed.