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Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging
Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging Tom Kirkwood 0195128249 9780195128246 As recent articles about the graying of America suggest, a demographic revolution is well underway. The number of people living into extreme old a
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Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging by Tom Kirkwood

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 worlds 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 isnt--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 Alzheimers 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 worlds 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.

Author: Tom Kirkwood

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1999-08-12

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