Aging and Longevity

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There is a great review of anti-aging science in Nature by an Jan Vijg and Judith Campisi. Life extension has been in the news with compounds like resveratrol — a compound found in red wine — shown to increase the life span of nematodes, yeast and most recently mice (though the mice in that study…

The Aging World

The average age of the world population is getting older, and this is very likely to have serious social and economic consequences in the countries and regions where it is most severe. However, I feel like this is very rarely discussed in politics. Politics seems to be rather specialized at not discussing the issues that…

This is the question that I get all the time in family gatherings. Well, maybe not in those words. Usually it is phrased as “How can I not get Alzheimer’s? Because that would be a bummer…for me…” People are concerned about the issue of cognitive decline with aging — both with pathological decline such as…

I have posted before about how I think that the role of genetics, at least in popular culture, has been overemphasized. Rather, the really interesting and important parts of genetics are the ways in which your genes interact with environmental factors. There is an excellent article in the NY Times today about how longevity has…