[UCP Books]: The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth

“Research, money, and ego are the basic ingredients in the modern-day quest to live longer—or forever. Ted Anton takes us into the laboratories and boardrooms in the worldwide competition for longevity, and with expertise and wit tells a wondrous story of contemporary science.”

Daniel S. Greenberg, author of Science for Sale


“We’ve been searching for the so-called fountain of youth for centuries, but Ted Anton makes the quest invigoratingly new again in this beautifully told story of twenty-first-century researchers in pursuit of the secrets of longevity. There’s vividly clear science here and there’s the grit and determination of the scientists themselves, and the result is a book both engaging and illuminating on the subject of the long, long life.”

Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook


 The Longevity Seekers
Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth

Ted Anton

Publication date: May 10, 2013 Cloth $26.00 • £18.00
UK publication date: May 27, 2013   ISBN-13: 978-0-226-02093-8

 

In 1993, when a small lab discovered a mutation to an obscure gene that lengthened the life span of the lowly lab worm up to tenfold, it launched an unprecedented chase for the modern-day fountain of youth. Tracing this story of science and business through labs and boardrooms across the globe, The Longevity Seekers draws on Ted Anton’s behind-the-scenes access to those involved to tell the inside story of this race, from the cutting-edge genetic research and the driven personalities who pursued it to the powerful personal rivalries exacerbated by mounting public interest. With the introduction of big-business backing, what followed was a wealth of new discoveries—and just as many false starts.
With spectacular science and an unforgettable cast of characters, The Longevity Seekers offers a lively account of the state-of-the-art science that holds the potential for revolutionary change to human life.
 
Ted Anton is professor of English at DePaul University. He is the author, most recently, of Bold Science and has written for Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and Publishers Weekly.
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Please contact Melinda Kennedy at mkennedy1@press.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-2945 for more information.
 

 

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