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A Means To An End: The Biological Basis Of Aging And Death

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Why do we age? Is aging inevitable? Will advances in medical knowledge allow us to extend the human lifespan beyond its present limits? Because growing old has long been the one irreducible reality of human existence, these intriguing questions arise more often in the context of science fiction than science fact. But recent discoveries in the fields of cell biology and mol ...more
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Published April 22nd 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Jesse
May 20, 2009 is currently reading it
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This book is totally fascinating, and William R. Clark's "Sex and the Origins of Death" is one of the books that got me reading about science, but I can't read more than a page or two before I have to put it down. It strikes just a little too close to the heart - I don't find I'm able to detach myself enough from the emotional side of mortality and dying to really get absorbed in the science.

His writing is clear and focused and hits the balance between challenging the non-scientist reader and dr
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Emily
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, biology
This book is a good start if you want to know about the basics of aging, the evolutionary basis of aging, and why we age. It has actually made more interested in geriatrics and gerontology. The only problem I h ad with this book that it sometimes repeated itself, and wasn't always clear with how it presented itself.
Travis Adam
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Written in English, a bit out of date (Human Genome Project is now complete) but otherwise the concepts are relatively timeless. The last chapter drones on but otherwise it was worth my time.
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William R. Clark is Professor Emeritus of Immunology in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of a number of books about biology, immunology, and evolution, including Sex and the Origins of Death, A Means to an End: The Biological Basis of Aging and Death, and The New Healers: The Promise and Problems of Molecular ...more
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