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Cracking the Aging Code


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Title: Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old - And What It Means for Staying Young

Authors: Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan

Publisher: New York: Flatiron Books, 2016.

Call No.: English 612.67 MIT -[HEA]


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In Cracking the Aging Code, theoretical biologist Josh Mitteldorf and ecological philosopher Dorion Sagan marvel at nature’s ingenuity as they explore the phenomenon of evolution and aging. Looking at the issue from multiple scientific perspectives, they reveal new insights and overturn some common beliefs that we have about growing old.


This book draws on dynamic theories of aging. It makes the fascinating case that death and aging play necessary roles in supporting life: they regulate population growth and ensure that ecosystems in nature remain stable. On a more optimistic note for readers, the authors examine prevailing theories in anti-aging research and the best means that we have right now of slowing aging. They illustrate positive developments such as research into repairing damaged chromosomes, removing aging cells from the body and re-growing the shrinking thymus, the human organ crucial to the body’s immune system.


This book is a fascinating read for anyone interested on how to turn back the biological clock, on top of providing challenging insights to the ways we understand aging, death, and what makes us human.


Above book review is contributed by Norah Ismail, National Library Board (NLB).


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