Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging / Edition 1

Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging / Edition 1

by Tom Kirkwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195139267

ISBN-13: 9780195139266

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

By the year 2050 one in five of the world's population 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 draws on more than twenty years of research to make sense of the evolution of aging, to explain how aging occurs, and to answer fundamental

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By the year 2050 one in five of the world's population 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 draws on more than twenty years of research to make sense of the evolution of aging, to explain how aging occurs, and to answer fundamental questions like why women live longer than men. He 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 Alzheimer's and osteoporosis. 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 world's 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195139266
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The funeral season1
2Attitudes to ageing12
3What's in a name?22
4Longevity records39
5The unnecessary nature of ageing52
6Why ageing occurs63
7Cells in crisis81
8Molecules and mistakes100
9Organs and orchestras118
10The cancer connection147
11Menopause and the big bang161
12Eat less, live longer174
13Why do women live longer than men?184
14The Genie of the Genome196
15In search of Wonka-Vite212
16Making more time230
Epilogue243
Notes257
Bibliography261
Index269

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