This is a guide to the science driving biology’s biggest story: why we get old, and how we can stop it. 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. This work 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 cell – DNA, mitochondria, stems cells, our immune systems, even age genes that have helped animals to a tenfold increase in lifespan – all in an effort to forestall or reverse the body’s decline. Computational biologist Andrew Steele offers reality-based hope, explaining what is happening as we age and practical ways we can help slow down the process.
‘A stunner … If you haven’t got this book in your house, I don’t know why’ Chris Evans
‘A startling wake-up call . . . Writing with the vim of a Bill Bryson and the technical knowledge of a scientist, Steele gives us a chance to grasp what’s at stake’ Independent‘An exhilarating journey . . . Steele is a superb guide’ Telegraph‘A fascinating read with almost every page bursting with extraordinary facts . . . Read it now’ Mail on SundayAgeless is a guide to the biggest issue we all face. Ageing – not cancer, not heart disease – is the world’s leading cause of death and suffering. What would the world be like if we could cure it?Living disease-free until the age of 100 is achievable within our lifetimes. In prose that is lucid and full of fascinating facts, Ageless introduces us to the cutting-edge research that is paving the way for this revolution. Computational biologist Andrew Steele explains what occurs biologically as we age, as well as practical ways we can slow down the process. He reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of civilisation – one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars, and transform the human condition.