Imagine that today is your first day at a brand new job, and your new boss slaps an enormous booklet on your desk, then walks off without a word. The front of the booklet reads “HOW TO DO YOUR JOB”, and underneath in smaller print is the word accountant, and underneath that is the number…

People have been talking about terraforming and colonizing Mars since the beginning of space travel, and in the past few years that ambition seems to have gone mainstream. But if we want to conquer the “final frontier” of space, we must first confront that other final frontier. Because, as it turns out, the problem with…

Dr. Michael Ristow, a professor of energy metabolism at ETH Zurich, bases much of his research into aging on a premise that many of us will find surprising: the free radicals that our cells produce while making energy are not only not harmful, but can even slow the body’s aging down. But while that might…

TIL that one of my favorite condiments, Liquid Smoke, is basically just like eating advanced glycation end products (AGEs). That and other gems can be found in Buck Institute researcher Pankaj Kapahi’s seminar on metabolism and aging, here. here Our very own James Peyer talks about the trajectory of the anti-aging field at TEDxStuttgart. Also see Fight…

Last week we heard the theoretical side of Dr. Michael Fossel’s mission to bring aging to its knees, and why his chosen point of attack was on the grand orchestrator of the body’s repair processes. This week he goes into the practical details: how does he plan to lengthen telomeres? What can we treat with…

With three decades of experience as a professor of clinical medicine under his belt, Dr. Michael Fossel takes a fundamentally pragmatic approach to tackling human aging. It’s with this attitude that he has championed telomerase therapy, in the process writing multiple well-received books on the biology of aging and its clinical implications, as well as…

Laboratories studying the biology of aging are a menagerie of creatures great and small. From unicellular yeast and nematodes, all the way up to primates and even the faithful old Canis familiaris, animal models have opened up the aging process to our inspection in ways that human subjects wouldn’t have been able to match. It’s…

A friendly genie appears in a puff of smoke and tells you that you’ll develop cancer 20 years hence. However, he offers to send you back in time to any point you wish, so that you can alter events in your life to prevent your cancer. Quickly now, he doesn’t have all day–when do you…

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