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Longevity and Evolution
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Authors: Gustavo Barja (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain) 
Book Description:
This book reviews research on presently known theories and mechanisms responsible for the rate of aging and maximum longevity of different animals including birds, mammals and humans (to explain “how” do we age and the velocity of the aging process). In addition, this book deals with the historical evolutionary explanations of aging and longevity (“why” do we age). The mechanisms discussed include mitochondria and oxygen free radicals, the presence of macromolecules constitutively highly resistant to deleterious modification in the tissues of long-lived animals, insulin/IGF-1 like signalling, telomere shortening, dietary restrictions, and other proposed molecular mechanisms. (Imprint: Nova)

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Table of Contents:

Introduction pp. xi-xiii

Chapter 1. Aging, Longevity and Disease: From Ephemeral Life to Eternal Youth pp.1-26

Chapter 2. What Causes Aging?: Theories of Biological Aging pp.27-44

Chapter 3. The Double Edge Sword: Oxygen as Needed for Life and as a Main Cause of Aging pp.45-74

Chapter 4. Eating Less Prolongs Life pp.75-92

Chapter 5. Only Change is Eternal: Mechanisms of Biological Evolution pp.93-120

Chapter 6. Why Aging?: Evolutionary Explanations of Longevity pp.121-138

Chapter 7. The States of the Evolution of Complexity pp.139-156



Index pp. 175-194

      Aging Issues, Health and Financial Alternatives
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 207, 7 x 10 (NBC - C)
   ISBN: 978-1-61470-902-2
   Status: AV
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