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Understanding Ageing (Developmental and Cell Biology Series) Paperback – 27 Jan 1995

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'Robin Holliday offers a superb overview with emphasis on the cellular and molecular biology of ageing …' Nature

'Holliday writes in a direct and energetic style that makes his text highly readable. I would certainly recommend it to students … an excellent text.' Linda Partridge, Elsevier Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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This book presents a novel approach to understanding ageing, which many believe is still an unsolved problem. It explains why ageing exists in animals, reviews our understanding of it at the biological level, discusses ageing's origins, the evolution of ageing and age-related diseases.

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Excellent book, for biologists, on Aging 17 April 2000
By Bruce_in_LA - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is aimed at the level of a college biology major (or a Scientific American reader). But if you have that kind of background, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's not the glitziest recent book on aging. But Holliday is a brilliant analyst, and he builds a wonderful picture selected from hundreds of studies of the biology of aging. For example, skin cells from short-lived animals or long-lived animals will live 20, versus 60, generations in cell culture. I'd heard that. But did you know that the efficiency of DNA repair in a mouse is a fraction of that for a long-lived animal? Talk about planned obsolescence. It's not just a book of tidbits, Holliday builds a whole sophisticated theory of aging on a firm base of experimental biology from around the world over decades. This book really shaped the way I think about biological aging, with not a wasted paragraph in sight.
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