The Quest for Immortality:
Science at the Frontiers of Aging
The quest for immortality and the battles against aging, disease, and death, have been fought for thousands of years. Each generation has spawned a new breed of salesmen who have claimed to have discovered the Fountain of Youth. They are all dead now, of course, having died from the same causes as everyone else, at about the same ages. It is therefore no surprise that in our modern world there is a new breed of people selling longevity in a bottle. Because more people are living to older ages than at any other time in history, the appeal of a Fountain of Youth is stronger than ever. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support any of the claims made today about substances with so-called anti-aging properties. Ironically, the genuine science of aging is on the verge of important new discoveries about how to alter the aging process, but the general public is largely unaware of them – having been exposed to false promises about the anti-aging properties of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and hormones. In The Quest for Immortality we separate fact from fiction and bring to the reader an easy-to-understand perspective on why we age and what science reveals about what can and cannot be done to influence our length and quality of life.
- Bruce A. Carnes