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The Biology of Human Ageing

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The processes that control senescence have been the subject of more then a century of serious biological research. Two institutions closely involved in this programme, the Society for the Study of Human Biology and the British Society for Research in Ageing, held a joint symposium in 1984 to consider human ageing and longevity from an interdisciplinary point of view. The resulting book has four main sections: the evolution and genetics of ageing, biological age assessment, demographic and social aspects, and the ...

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The processes that control senescence have been the subject of more then a century of serious biological research. Two institutions closely involved in this programme, the Society for the Study of Human Biology and the British Society for Research in Ageing, held a joint symposium in 1984 to consider human ageing and longevity from an interdisciplinary point of view. The resulting book has four main sections: the evolution and genetics of ageing, biological age assessment, demographic and social aspects, and the nutritional and physiological aspects of ageing and longevity. The fundamental nature of the subject will generate interest across a wide range of biological and medical disciplines.

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Preface; 1. Ageing as a consequence of natural selection T. B. L. Kirkwood and R. Holliday; 2. Genetic information in ageing cells S. P. Modak, D. D. Deogagkar, G. Leuba-Gfeller, C. Gonet and S. Basu-Modak; 3. Insects as models for testing theories of ageing M. J. Lamb; 4. Human cell culture systems in the study of ageing A. H. Bittles and Y. Sambuy; 5. Estimation of biological maturity in the older child M. A. Preece and L. A. Cox; 6. Biological age assessment in adulthood G. A. Borkan; 7. Skeletal age and palaeodemography T. I. Molleson; 8. Cell death and the loss of structural units of organs D. Bellamy; 9. The prospects for mortality decline and consequent changes in age structure of the population B. Benjamin; 10. Where do old people come from? An evaluation of American population projections J. S. Macdonald; 11. Age structure of Soviet population in the Caucasus: facts and myths Zh. A. Medvedev; 12. The health of an ageing population J. Grimley Evans; 13. Can we tell our age from our biochemistry A. Bailey; 14. Dietary manipulation of ageing: an animal model B. J. Merry; 15. Customary physical activity in the elderly J. M. Patrick; 16. Effects of ageing on human homeostasis K. J. Collins and A. N. Exton-Smith.

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