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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Ageless by Andrew Steele, read by Andrew Steele.

Ageless is a guide to the science driving biology’s biggest story: why we get old and how we can stop it.

Ageing - not cancer, not heart disease - is the world’s leading cause of death and suffering. We accept as inevitable that as we get older our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate, and we are increasingly likely to be struck by dementia or disease. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask: is it necessary?

Biologists, on the other hand, have been investigating that question for years.

Ageless introduces us to the cutting-edge research that is paving the way for a revolution in medicine. It takes us inside the laboratories where scientists are studying every aspect of the body - DNA, mitochondria, stem cells, our immune systems, even longevity genes that have helped animals to a tenfold increase in lifespan - all in an effort to forestall or reverse our decline.

Computational biologist Andrew Steele explains what is happening as we age and practical ways we can help slow down the process. He reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of medicine - one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars and transform the human condition.

©2020 Andrew Steele (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"An absolute tour de force." (Aubrey de Grey, chief science officer, SENS Research Foundation)

"An immensely important book." (Professor Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins)

"This is an essential book for anyone interested in the fast-developing science of longevity." (Jim Mellon, chairman of Juvenescence)

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allot of waffle,but good introduction to the naive

if you have never thought about longevity or done any Google searches or research into the field of longevity medicine or gerontology, I would highly recommend this book. the author introduces the basic concepts in an accessible manner.

if on the other hand you are not totally naive to these things, you might find this book a bit underwhelming. I have gone as far as chapter 5 but there seems to be a lot of waffle, not as much substance as I would like. It's like the author doesn't really get to the meat of the argument for ages, for the sake of building the context for it. Then when he does get to it, he briefly mentions something from the science in a cursory manner before moving on and leaving it behind. Sweet talker...

I think the target audience is for people who are generally uneducated, or aren't interested or initiated. Could be a good present.

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stopped reading after chapter 1

couldn't listen to anymore details of how animals were starved and experimented on to discover why we age

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Very insightful.

The science of Ageless is explained in the same way Brian Cox explains the cosmos. Clear and comprehendable. I just hope Im around to benefit. 🤓

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Engaging stuff

The potential impact of anti-ageing treatments on society is massive and many are more tangible than one might have imagined. I really enjoyed this read and learnt loads. As someone without training in the biological sciences it stretched me, but little quips here and there from the author kept me from feeling in over my head. Well worth my monthly credit!

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Brilliant book

With 2020 behind us this book is ideal reading on the new frontier in genetics and medicine: Aging
Steele addresses an array of topics in a readable narrative with a Brysonesque style.

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Surprisingly good!

I honestly thought I wouldn't find much new information in this book but to my surprise it was really informative and very well explained.

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Great opportunity

A book about a subject that should interest us all. Thought provoking and thorough. Well written and enthusiastically narrated by the writer. I now know more and will do more to support the agenda.
Thank you

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Eye Opening and Inspiring

No one wants to get old. This rigorously researched book provides an optimistic insight into ultimately engineering out our natural flaws.

Good Stuff!!!

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Optimistic overview of science of aging

This book suggests that we are beginning to understand the key mechanisms of aging.

When we unlock the puzzle, which the author believes will happen progressively in the 21st century, we will have the means of prolonging healthy life.

There are two issues largely omitted from the book.

The impact of these developments on society
The personal psychological effects of extended lifespans.

The author makes a compelling case for increased public funding to accelerate progress so that persons alive today may benefit from the advancement of science.

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Very Informative

Well read and very informative. Having just turned 30 I now have a fair degree of confidence in seeing many of these developments in my lifetime and some a lot sooner than that!

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Puts ageing into proper perspective

This book is gives an exhaustive overview of the ageing process and the molecular biology that drives it.

The author is smart, witty and very structured. I personally enjoyed the narrative, the intellectual stimulus and the questions the author raised. Even for a newcomer to the field the majority of topics will become clear as they are thoroughly explained in a language that is fairly easy to grasp.

What is lacking is his personal research history (the whole book is basically a meta-analysis of existing research) and recommendations on living a longer life are pretty generic. No actionable groundbreaking insights on how to leave longer now, author states that most of the referenced research is in preliminary stages.

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Helpful and worthwhile

This book is complementary and different from Lifespan of Dr. Sinclair but at same time very relevant. Fact based, objective and practical. Great narration by the author.

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  • Lou Christensen
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Should be taught in schools

Very interesting and scientifically based. It's nice not listening to a sales pitch about the next fad diet.
The Author was the narrator, which while not bad could have been improved by a professional narrator. He spoke very fast at times and his annunciation sometimes suffered. Don't let that put you off the book. I've now listened to it twice and learnt as much the second time around. Enjoy 😁