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'Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)' is the sub-title of this masterful exploration of the question Why do we age? We are entering another age of aging and scientists like Aubrey de Grey claim that we are on the cusp of achieving 'longevity escape velocity' and predicts that our children could live for a thousand years. Exploring fact and fantasy this marvellous tour of our fantastic bodies shows how man has been tantalised by the idea of eternal youth and is always asking how we can live longer and better. Why can't we all be like Madame Calment who cycled until she was 100, smoked until she was 117, and died at the wonderfully old age of 122? Veteran reporter Bill Gifford takes us on a rip-roaring ride through the fountain of youth and meets scientists who have doubled the life expectancy of mice by knocking out a single gene and reveals extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth, while exposing the dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant. Chapters include How to Live to 108 Without Really Trying, Baldness as Metaphor, The Lives of Our Cells, Phil vs. Fat, Starving for Immortality and The Death of Death. An elixir of a book with notes and sources, 366pp in paperback.

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