By Ian Stuart-Hamilton
With the world's inhabitants getting more and more older, there hasn't ever been a extra urgent desire for the research of previous age and aging. An creation to Gerontology presents a wide-ranging creation to this significant subject. via assuming no previous specialist wisdom and keeping off jargon, this publication will advisor scholars via the entire major topics in gerontology, overlaying either conventional parts, reminiscent of organic and social getting old, in addition to extra modern parts, similar to expertise, the humanities, sexuality and schooling of older adults. An advent to Gerontology is written by means of a crew of foreign authors with multidisciplinary backgrounds who draw proof from numerous diverse views and traditions.
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Interpreting experimental results is seldom straightforward in biogerontology. In the same way that women live longer than men but do not age slower, the health, mortality and consequently average lifespan of laboratory animals can be manipulated by interventions without any effect on the ageing process. This is a crucial but often misunderstood issue in interpreting experimental results because it means that genes or interventions that affect the lifespan of animals are not necessarily influencing the process of ageing.
Genetic manipulations It is much easier to stop a machine than it is to make it work longer. A small flaw in a critical component of a large machine can break it down over time, but in order to make a machine operate longer many key components need to be made more robust. Therefore, the discovery that alterations in single genes could increase lifespan and delay ageing was not only startling but contrary to many previously held views (Johnson, 2002). Thomas Johnson and colleagues were the first to show that ageing could be regulated by single genes.
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