The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business & the Fountain of Youth by Ted Anton, a professor of English at DePaul University as well as a popular science writer, is his popular science and business history of the recent development and current state of anti-aging research, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is accessibly-written for a general audience, focusing on the personalities of the people involved and how they approached various challenges, as well as the profit-seeking impetus, but also containing understandable explanations of the principles of the science and technologies involved. Offered free throughout the month of March.
Free for a limited time, available worldwide as their featured Free Book of the Month selection for March directly @ the university’s dedicated promo page (ADE-DRM ePub, requires valid email address). You can also read more about the book and see a table of contents as well as a sample chapter at its catalogue page.
People have searched for the fountain of youth everywhere from Bimini to St. Augustine. But for a steadfast group of scientists, the secret to a long life lies elsewhere: in the lowly lab worm. By suppressing the function of just a few key genes, these scientists were able to lengthen worms’ lifespans up to tenfold, while also controlling the onset of many of the physical problems that beset old age. As the global population ages, the potential impact of this discovery on society is vast—as is the potential for profit.
With The Longevity Seekers, science writer Ted Anton takes readers inside this tale that began with worms and branched out to snare innovative minds from California to Crete, investments from big biotech, and endorsements from TV personalities like Oprah and Dr. Oz. Some of the research was remarkable, such as the discovery of an enzyme in humans that stops cells from aging. And some, like an oft-cited study touting the compound resveratrol, found in red wine—proved highly controversial, igniting a science war over truth, credit, and potential profit. As the pace of discovery accelerated, so too did powerful personal rivalries and public fascination, driven by the hope that a longer, healthier life was right around the corner. Anton has spent years interviewing and working with the scientists at the frontier of longevity science, and this book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art research and the impact it might have on global public health, society, and even our friends and family.
With spectacular science and an unforgettable cast of characters, The Longevity Seekers has all the elements of a great story and sheds light on discoveriesthat could fundamentally reshape human life.