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The new science of ageing$
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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314660

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314660.001.0001

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Understanding ageing: biological and social perspectives

Understanding ageing: biological and social perspectives

(p.25) Two Understanding ageing: biological and social perspectives
The new science of ageing

Lynne S. Cox

Penelope A. Mason

Mark C. Bagley

David Steinsaltz

Aneta Stefanovska

Alan Bernjak

Peter V.E. McClintock

Anna C. Phillips

Jane Upton

Joanna E. Latimer

Terence Davis

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the basic biology of ageing. First, it examines the social construction of age which emphasises that what biologists or biogerontologists understand as ageing, cell senescence, is only one manifestation of a complex phenomenon. Second, it provides an overview of the biology of ageing from theories of ageing processes to the idea of normal ageing. Third, it considers what might be done to modulate cellular ageing, such as calorie restriction, inhibiting stress and supplementing the immune system. It concludes by discussing the ethics of interventions in the ageing process.

Keywords:   ageing biology, biogerontologists, cell senescence, calorie restriction, stress management

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