We’ve been tantalised by the idea of eternal youth since time immemorial. We’re always asking how we can live longer and better. Or, to put it another way, why can’t we all be like Madame Calment, who cycled till she was 100, smoked till she was 117 and died at the wonderfully old age of 122?
Join veteran reporter Bill Gifford for a rip-roaring ride along the trail to the fountain of youth.
Meet the scientists who have doubled the life expectancy of mice by knocking out a single gene and others, like Aubrey De Grey, who says our children could go on to live for 1,000 years or maybe 5,000.
An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting, fascinating science, and prescriptive takeaway, Spring Chicken will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant.
"You need this book. I grabbed it like a life preserver, and that’s exactly what it is. Spring Chicken demolishes the worst hoaxes in anti-aging treatments - like crushed dog testicles, human growth hormone, and Suzanne Somers - and leaves you with the good news: by adopting a few easy-to-understand, easy-to- follow discoveries, you might just deactivate the time bombs in your fat cells and learn to follow in the springy, “successfully aging"" footsteps of a 92-year-old pole vaulter." (Christopher McDougall, New York Times best-selling author of Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes)
“Gifford skilfully navigates the many strands of aging research to create an entertaining narrative of the perils of getting old.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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