Biology of Aging: Observations and Principles / Edition 3

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Robert Arking's Biology of Aging, 3rd edition, is an introductory text to the biology of aging which gives advanced undergraduate and graduate students a thorough review of the entire field. His prior two editions have also served admirably as a reference text for clinicians and scientists. This new edition captures the extraordinary recent advances in our knowledge of the ultimate and proximal mechanisms underlying the phenomenon of aging. As a result, six important conceptual changes are included here:
· Clarified distinctions between the biological mechanisms involved in longevity determination and those involved in senescent processes. · A new conceptual framework around which we can organize all the new facts about aging. This will assist readers to make sense of the information and use the data to form their own ideas. · Increased knowledge of aging cells has lead to new ideas on how a cell transits from a healthy state to a senescent state, while still allowing for high levels of intra- and inter-specific variability. · Discussion of senescent mechanisms assists the reader to understand that aging is a non-programmatic loss of function, likely arising from the loss of regulatory signals, and so is modifiable in the laboratory. · Because the standard evolutionary story does not fully explain the evolution of social organisms, this edition also includes recent work dealing with intergenerational resource transfers. · Lastly, if aging mechanisms are plastic, then the demand to move these anti-aging interventions into the human arena will inevitably grow. A discussion of the biological and ethical arguments on both sides of the question frames the question in an appropriate manner.

The mass of data related to aging is summarized into fifteen focused chapters, each dealing with some particular aspect of the problem. The last two chapters integrate all this material into a coherent view of how the relevant biological processes change over the life span. This view is expressed in two non-technical figures (you might say that the whole book exists to fully support Figs 9-4 & 14-9), whose meanings are elucidated as the reader progresses through the book.

Incl. plasticity & patterns of aging; genetic determinants of longevity; modulating human aging process.

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"This third edition is a timely and important contribution that compiles historical and recent research findings in a highly readable form and, as well, tackles some of the difficult conceptual problems in understanding aging"—American Journal of Human Biology
New edition of a text that provides an overview of biological aging processes at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels and in a comparative and evolutionary context. An important conceptual change in this edition is that rather than viewing age- related diseases as being an abnormal way to age, the author now treats diseases as "systemic failures that highlight the weak points of the evolved anatomical and physiological design of the organism and thereby allow us to identify and investigate them." Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167399
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/13/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,036,444
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Arking is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University. His research involves the mechanisms underlying the onset of senescenece in Drosophila.

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Table of Contents

PART I: What Is Aging?
1. Perspectives on Aging
2. Measuring Age-related Changes in Populations
3. Measuring Age-related Changes in Individuals
PART II: Why Do We Age?
4. Evolutionary and Comparative Aspects of Longevity and Senescence
PART III: How Do We Age?
5. Human Aging
6. Altering Aging: Interventions That Modify Longevity and Senescence
7. Genetic Determinants of Longevity in Animal Models
8. Genetic and Social Aspects of Aging in Humans
PART IV: What Is the Mechanistic Basis of Aging and Senscence?
9. Mechanisms Underlying the Transition from Health to Senescence
10. Stochastic Theories of Aging
11. Systemic Theories of Senescence
12. Senescence as a Breakdown of Intracellular Regulatory Processes
13. Senescence as a Breakdown of Intercellular Regulatory Processes
PART V: An Integrated Theory of Aging
14. A Theory of Aging over the Life Span
PART VI: What Can We Do about Aging?
15. Aging-related Research and Its Impact on Society

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