Ageless Quest: One Scientist's Search for Genes that Prolong Youth

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CSHL Press, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 154 pages
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Ageless Questis a personal, sometimes controversial, account of the pursuit of a genetic ‚€ ̃cure' for aging by an expert in the field. The author is the Novartis Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aging has always been regarded as a highly complex process with many degenerative changes leading to the cessation of life. But recent research has identified a relatively simple mechanism that governs the pace of aging. Lenny Guarente's Ageless Questis a scientific detective story for the baby boom generation. It offers an insider's view of an area of potentially astonishing high reward‚€”and equally high risk.

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Midlife Crisis
Getting Started in Aging
First Genetic Insight
Identification of the AGE Locus
The Rise and Fall of rDNA Circles and the Emergence of SIR2
A Molecular Blueprint for Prolonging Life Span
SIR2 as a Universal Regulator of Survival
Nature Promotes Survival in the Face of Scarcity
Aging and Cancer in Mammals
Relevance to Human Aging
Starting a Biotechnology Company Drugs for Aging?
Aging Gracefully in the 21st Century

Theories of Aging SIR2 Is More Evolutionary Than Revolutionary
Calorie Restriction and Life Span

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