Why We Age: What Science Is Discovering about the Body's Journey Through Life

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Wiley, Mar 25, 1999 - Science - 256 pages
Why has the life span of the average American increased from 48 to 75 years in this century alone?

. . . If the body is a machine that simply wears out, why do some cells seem immortal?
. . . Is there an aging gene? And can we control it?
. . . Can antioxidants and hormone therapy actually slow the aging process and extend life?

Steven Austad s compelling book investigates the history, the theories, and the personalities behind the quest to understand the nature of aging. Here is hard evidence from the front lines of research that science is finally closing in on the fundamental processes of human biology and life.

"Austad s book can be read with pleasure and profit by any intelligent person with a smattering of biological knowledge." Science

"In this clear, engrossing overview, Austad takes the sting out of a subject that will ultimately capture us all." Publishers Weekly

"Why We Age is remarkably rigorous in its analysis and thorough scope. . . . A comprehensive examination of its topic." Science Editors, Amazon.com

"The problem with long life is that one keeps getting older; here s an able and clearly written summary of the latest theories on why we age and what might be done to ameliorate the process." Kirkus Reviews

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The problem with long life is that one keeps getting older; here's an able and clearly written summary of the latest theories on why we age and what might be done to ameliorate the process. Austad, a ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

STEVEN N. AUSTAD, Ph.D., is an associate professor of zoology at the University of Idaho and an affiliated professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He serves as a science advisor for National Public Radio and writes for Natural History, Scientific American, and National Wildlife. Dr. Austad lives in Moscow, Idaho.

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