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Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span and Changing the World Audio Download – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
Dr. Ben Bova did a marvelous job writing this book, in an entertaining & logical manner, he explains that not only the how and details of this inevitable event of human existence, he also, explains to the reader the opposition such discoveries will run into, truly fascinating, and for those of you who still find it hard to believe after you have read it (which you won't, but if you do), check out the following company: GERON!--they are gonna be the Microsoft of Human Genetic enhancing drugs........"May you live in interesting times"--Chinese proverb--that is an understatement...............
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I had eagerly awaited the opportunity to read Ben Bova's new book entitled "Immortality:How Science is extending your Life Span and Changing the World". I foresaw that this book, with Bova's name recognition, could potentially extend the audience for the topic of anti-aging research. However I have been disappointed in several respects even though this is a book which covers many of the basic themes underlying current anti-aging research. The book seems to lack focus in that Dr. Bova covers topics that are peripherally related to aging and covers them at a very basic level suitable for a high school student. Sometimes the explanations that Bova supplies are simplified to the point of being misleading if not in outright factual error. I would expect a better standard of accuracy from such a widely published author. The fact that "Dr." adorns this cover prominently when it does not appear on many of Bova's other publications strikes me as a cheap marketing ploy. It is later made clear in the preface that Dr. Bova is "not a scientist by training" nor is he a medical doctor as the unsuspecting might believe due to the byline. This is also made apparent by his limited grasp of the concepts that he attempts to explain. The hyperbole adorning the dust cover is of comparable in excess to that of Michael Fossel's book "Reversing Human Aging". He seems taken with the research into human Growth Hormone (hGH) but fails to provide any supporting references. To be fair, however, Bova does touch on the broad issues and points of aging research but I still would have to recommend Steven Austad's book "Why We Age" or James Goczewski's "Aging" or even Fossel's book over this one.
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Ben Bova's latest work deals with the progress of science as it seeks to decipher the codes that bind all living organisms. The work details, in an extremely readable fashion, how scientists are making progress in molecular biology and how that progress will open the mysteries of life's very machineries. Dr Bova starts with the beginnings of medicine and reveals scientific progress as a fascinating journey of exploration and endless discovery, complete with blind alleys and false starts. He shows how scientists are "pushing the envelope" of research into extending active human life for centuries; and someday, millennia. He also points out the fact that these same scientists may not be entirely aware of the ultimate outcome of their work, or its implications. Dr Bova devotes part of his book to the meaning of long life, or virtual immortality, to the American and global societies. He addresses the concerns and objections to this progress, on several fronts; the sociological and the religious, for example. He demonstrates how Humanity has balked at such changes as the medical research will bring, and how Humanity is ill-equiped to deal with the potentials involved here. Like any talented professor, he offers no pat solutions, but gives the students the tools with which to reason. Most striking about the book, "Immortality", is the time frames discussed. Bova speaks of great progress made in perhaps less than a decade. He suspects that within fifty years science will have learned how to stop, and perhaps reverse, the process we call age. His opening words set the stage for all that will follow. "The first immortals are already living among us. You may be one of them". The insights are, for lack of a better word, ...timeless.
Alan McBride Science Reporter Florida's Radio Network
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This book offers a simple discussion for some of the causes of aging and the medical treatments which may be used to intervene in them. Bova does a very good job looking at how society will have to deal with the trends in medicine.
If you are do not have a science background, Part I (Chapters 1-15): "The Scientific Evidence" provides a good background for the biology & medicine. If you have a good background in these areas, you may want to skip to Part II: (Chapters 16-21) "The Impact of Immortality", which is much more interesting.
My background includes microbiology, biochemistry, several years of research into the causes of aging and 2 years as the president of Aeiveos Sciences Group where we studied the molecular biology of aging. I found misinterpretations or errors every few pages in the biology discussions. This is probably more the fault of the publisher who should have had the book reviewed by an expert in the field before publication. The treatment of nanotechnology (Chapter 15) is very simplistic.
Forthcoming books such as Nanomedicine by Robert Freitas will be much better in discussing the nuts & bolts of how you solve the problems of aging. Books such as Caleb Finch's "Longevity, Senescense and the Genome" and Steve Austad's "Why We Age" provide a much better background on the biology of aging.
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