X-Message-Number: 27764
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 08:28:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: best article ever on aging in Scientific American

Scientific American March 2006 cover: Can DNA Stop Time?

This issue includes an eight page article by David Sinclair and Lenny Guarente,
entitled "Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity Genes". There have been a number
of articles on aging, and even life extension, in Scientific American. However,
without exception all of these previous articles suffered from either
significant flaws, or were written with an excessively conservative
bias. Sinclair & Guarente's article is the most accurate article on
the science of aging I have yet seen in Scientific American. Highly

"At the beginning of the 20th century, life expectancy at birth was
around 45 years. It has risen to about 75 thanks to the advent of
antibiotics and public health measures that allow people to survive or
avoid infectious diseases. Society adapted to that dramatic change in
average longevity, and few people would want to return to life without
those advances. No doubt, future generations accustomed to living past 100
will also look back at our current approaches to improving health as
primitive relics of a bygone era."

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