Longevity: The Biology and Demography of Life Span / Edition 1

Longevity: The Biology and Demography of Life Span / Edition 1

by James R. Carey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691088497

ISBN-13: 9780691088495

Pub. Date: 02/10/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Despite our deep interest in mortality, little is known about why some individuals live to middle age and others to extreme old age. Life span, mortality, and aging present some of the most profound mysteries in biology. In Longevity, James Carey draws on unprecedented data to develop a biological and demographic framework for identifying the key factors

Overview

Despite our deep interest in mortality, little is known about why some individuals live to middle age and others to extreme old age. Life span, mortality, and aging present some of the most profound mysteries in biology. In Longevity, James Carey draws on unprecedented data to develop a biological and demographic framework for identifying the key factors that govern aging, life span, and mortality in humans and other animals.

Carey presents the results of a monumental, twelve-year, National Institute on Aging-funded research project on the determinants of longevity using data from the life tables of five million Mediterranean fruit flies, the most comprehensive set of life table studies ever on the mortality dynamics of a single species. He interprets the fruit fly data within the context of human aging and the aging process in general to identify the determinants of mortality. Three key themes emerge: the absence of species-specific life span limits, the context-specific nature of the mortality rate, and biodemographic linkages between longevity and reproduction.

A powerful foundation for the emerging field of biodemography and a rich framework for considering the future of human life span, Longevity will be an indispensable resource for readers from a range of fields including population biology, demography, gerontology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and medical research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691088495
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.72(d)

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