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Biology of Aging


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Table of Contents

1: Basic Concepts in the Biology of Aging
2: Measuring Biological Aging
3: Evolutionary Theories of Longevity and Aging
4: Cellular Aging
5: Genetics of Longevity
6: Plant Senescence
7: Human Longevity
8: The Physiology of Human Aging
9: Age-Related Disease in Humans
10: Modulating Aging and Longevity
Appendix: Life Table Calculations


About the Author

Roger McDonald received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is currently a Professor of Nutrition at the University of California at Davis. Dr. McDonald's research focuses on mechanisms of cellular aging and the interaction between nutrition and aging. Using rodents as models for human aging, as well as in vitro analysis of cell growth, his research has addressed two key topics in the field: the relationship between dietary restriction and lifespan, and the affect of aging on circadian rhythms and hypothalamic regulation.


"If you are teaching or you intend to teach an undergraduate or even a graduate course on biogerontology, then this is the one to use as the text book. Unlike numerous multi-author compilations on various aspects of ageing, this single author book is perhaps the best one to come out with a great potential for becoming a highly useful and popular book....[Biology of Aging] is highly readable and the use of drawings and pictures is extensive and appropriate....I recommend it highly for its value as an introductory textbook in biogerontology."--Biogerontology

"It is clear that modulating aging and longevity in the upcoming years will be an important area of scientific research, and this textbook offers a sufficient framework that would be a significant resource for anyone interested in these new directions for the future." -- Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

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