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Prologue Chapter 1: A question of definition Chapter 2: Wear and tear? Chapter 3: Telomeres: the ticking clock in our cells Chapter 4: down but not out: senescent cells Chapter 5: Old before their time Chapter 6: Ming the mollusc and other models Chapter 7: It's in the genes Chapter 8: Eat less; live longer Chapter 9: Epigenetics and stem cells Chapter 10: The ageing immune system Chapter 11: The sting in the tail of HIV/AIDS Chapter 12: The Big D - familial Alzheimer's disease Chapter 13: Broken brains Chapter 14: Turning back the clock

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Uncovering the science behind how and why we age

About the Author

Sue Armstrong is a science writer and broadcaster based in Edinburgh. She has worked for a variety of media organisations, including New Scientist, and since the 1980s has undertaken regular assignments for the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS, writing about women's health issues and the AIDS pandemic, among many other topics, and reporting from the frontline in countries as diverse as Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Thailand, Namibia and Serbia. Sue has been involved, as presenter, writer and researcher, in several major documentaries for BBC Radio 4; programmes have focused on the biology of ageing, and of drug addiction, alcoholism, obesity, AIDS, CJD, cancer and stress. Her previous book was p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code, also published with Bloomsbury Sigma. It has been highly commended by the BMA Book Award.


Engrossing questions throng science writer Sue Armstrong's round-up of research on the biology of ageing. A rich, timely study for the era of 'global ageing'. * Nature *
A fine introduction to the research and controversies about how we age. * Times Literary Supplement *
Armstrong, a British science and health writer, presents, in crack Michael Lewis style, the high points of aging research along with capsule biographies of the main players. * The New Yorker *
Complex, nuanced and cautious, yet it suggests we are on the brink of a revolution. * The Sunday Times *
Ms Armstrong doesn't pretend that there is any one answer to the question of why we age as we do. The science she presents is a grab bag of divergent theories, each championed by a scientific subspeciality. * Wall Street Journal *
As a seventy-five-year-old man I felt oddly rejuvenated by this book. Try it yourself! -- Professor Steve Jones
Sue Armstrong's book humanely tackles ageing in a way that is grounded, philosophical and makes the most complex science accessible to lay people like me. While not dangling false hopes of innovatory medical cures, it is full of hope about the strides being made in gerontology and pharmacology. And while I may be getting older, the vigour of this book is life-enhancing. -- Claire Fox, Director of the Academy of Ideas and panellist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze
Authoritative, comprehensible and fun to read. The book ageing research has been waiting for. -- Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology at the University of Brighton
Borrowed Time gives a wonderful overview of the fast-evolving science of longevity. I thoroughly recommend this book as a primer on what will become a key industry in the next two decades or so. * Jim Mellon, Chairman, Juvenescence Ltd. *

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