The Telomerase Revolution: The Story of the Scientific Breakthrough that Holds the Key to Human Ageing Paperback – 6 Jul 2017
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The Telomerase Revolution is a remarkable book, telling a fascinating story that pulls together at last a single coherent theory of how and why growing old leads to so many different forms of illness. * Matt Ridley, author of Genome and The Rational Optimist * Dr Fossel's exciting book is opening doors to extended healthspan that can change human history, and it's all grounded in solid scientific research. * Noel Patton, founder and chairman of TA Sciences * Michael Fossel's compelling argument for the telomere approach to reversing aging isn't just worth a look - it's like reading the words of Virgil as he leads us along the mysteries of aging. * Alexey Olovnikov, PhD, Institute of Biochemical Physics and Russian Academy of Sciences *
The Telomerase Revolution is the definitive work on the latest science on human ageing, covering both theory and clinical implications. It takes the reader to the forefront of the upcoming revolution in human medicine.See all Product description
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This book is written for educated laymen as well as physicians. It is to the point, logical, and In my opinion compelling. Very well written. The explanation on how telomere loss leads to specific diseases alone is worth the read. There is even a reasonable speculation of why evolution would 'select' death for all of us individual organisms.
This is something to get excited about! It looks like the 'real McCoy' of age reversal! Read it and gain hope!
This is an enjoyable book, so I gave 5 stars. It is not a textbook... this is just a fun book to read over the week-end. The author kept jargon to a minimum. He gives all the references supporting his theory, but he does not go into the details of the recent research, presenting instead an overview...
As some reviewers have remarked, Fossel gives himself a central role in the story. It is told as a personal story. It did not bother me.
To answer some possible objections...
- If this is so promising... why has this not been pursued and completed already?
Well. Research on telomerase was granted a Nobel prize, so there has been plenty of research.
- But why has this not been pursued more agressively as a therapy?
We have been working for decade on a cure for the HIV virus, and we are not there yet. It is one thing to identify a potential line of attack and quite another to develop and test an actual therapy.
You can't eat telomerase and expect it to end up in your genes.
There are stories of people who might have undergone gene therapy so that some of their cells produce telomerase. We should not be surprised if such work is not easy to fund and get approved by governemental bodies. But even if the telomere theory is correct... these particular therapies might very well fail or prove counterproductive if only because they may fail to elongate telomeres sufficiently.
So it is bound to be a difficult road... moreover, as explained by Fossel, researchers are not eager to talk about the idea of reversing aging as it is too much of a disruptive idea.
Is the telomere theory correct? We still have too little information to know...
But I am not judging the theory, I am judging the book, and it is fun!
My only criticism would be that Fossel clearly loses all critical sense toward the end of the book, assuming without restraint that his theory is correct. It would have been more interesting had he spent time reviewing the evidence that is contrary to his theory. I would encourage him to do so in a follow-up edition.
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