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This is a very good summary of current (2011) knowledge about the nature of aging and potential consequences for medicine. There are two schools of thought: The programmed aging school thinks we are designed to age and have a limited life span as the result of some sort of biological life span regulation mechanism. The non-programmed school thinks human aging is the result of mechanical or chemical aging. Experimental evidence described in the book seems to favor programmed aging. Evolutionary arguments, also discussed, have been produced by both schools. Why should we care? The author points out that most people will eventually die of some "age-related" disease such as cancer and that our ability to devise ways to treat or prevent such diseases is at least to some extent dependent on our understanding of the aging process. The plausibility of altering or delaying aging is much greater if aging is programmed but still possible according to many non-programmed researchers. The book provides interesting commentary on social influences as well as technical aspects of aging research.