Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime
MUST WE AGE?
††††† A long life in a healthy, vigorous, youthful body has always been one of humanity's greatest dreams. Recent progress in genetic manipulations and calorie-restricted diets in laboratory animals hold forth the promise that someday science will enable us to exert total control over our own biological aging.
††††† Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. As has been reported in media outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to The New York Times, Dr. de Grey believes that the key biomedical technology required to eliminate aging-derived debilitation and death entirely--technology that would not only slow but periodically reverse age-related physiological decay, leaving us biologically young into an indefinite future--is now within reach.
In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage.† As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine's fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars.† We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that damage.† By demystifying aging and its postponement for the nonspecialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our LifetimeUser Review - Greg Linster - Goodreads
I watched Aubrey De Grey give a TED talk about significantly increasing human longevity and became intrigued with his ideas, enough so to buy his book anyway. I read the first 70 pages of his book ... Read full review
Review: Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our LifetimeUser Review - Nic Smith - Goodreads
Ending Aging is at its best when discussing the science behind SENS, and, sadly, weak in its examination of how aging is viewed in society and the difficulty in raising funds for this worthy goal. The call for a "war on aging" is ill-advised in at least its marketing. Read full review
More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement
No preview available - 2005
Other editions - View all
Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging ...
Aubrey de Grey
No preview available - 2008