Useful Resources for Learning About Aging
Helping our readers learn more about the biology of aging and what science might achieve.
The field of aging is a complex and ever-evolving place, and it can be overwhelming if you are new to the subject. To help our readers, we have collected some useful resources that explain what aging is, how the various aging processes cause disease, and what science proposes to do to end age-related diseases. In this section, you will find educational information, recommended reading, suggested viewing, and other useful resources to help you to learn more about aging research and the therapies being developed right now.
If you are completely new to aging research, we recommend that you ease your way into this complex field by starting with the basics. To do that, we recommend learning about aging, the various processes that comprise it, and how those processes lead to age-related diseases in the “What is aging?” section.
A common misconception is that aging is too complex for us to understand, but, during the last decade or so, researchers have made great inroads into improving our understanding of aging and the processes that drive it. While it is absolutely correct that science has yet to fully understand these processes and their mechanisms, current research has led us to a fundamental understanding of aging.
Another major factor that is helping researchers to understand the aging processes and the potential solutions to them are advances in computer technology, particularly deep learning. Deep learning is ideally suited to aging research, especially for tasks that require a high volume of data to be processed accurately; computers, unlike people, do not suffer bias and can consistently work to a high degree of accuracy at a far faster speed than we can.
We have sufficient knowledge to begin developing therapies and treatments that target the aging processes in order to prevent age-related diseases, and this is the focus of researchers working on rejuvenation biotechnology, which aims to target the underlying aging processes in order to prevent the ill health of old age and promote healthier and longer lives.
It may come as a surprise to some of you reading this but our progress in aging research is not being held back due to a lack of knowledge, there are four main bottlenecks to progress which are truly holding scientific advances back.
CONCERNS ABOUT LONGER LIVES
You would think that the majority of people would support the development of medical science that helps people live healthier and longer lives; however, quite understandably, the idea raises some concerns for certain people.
We talk to many people about aging research, and we hear a range of views and concerns about using science to achieve longer, healthier lifespans, so we have compiled a series of articles that take a look at some of the more common issues and concerns surrounding increased human lifespans.
It’s understandable to have concerns about the future and about how our outlook on aging might change in the next few decades, so it is worth checking out the concerns section as a next step in learning about this fascinating field. Increased human longevity will almost certainly bring challenges with it; however, overcoming challenges and adapting is something that we, as a species, are very good at.
Sometimes, on top of valid concerns, people also engage in logical fallacies when they object to the idea of increasing healthy human lifespan—that is, their arguments contain logically invalid reasoning. Logical fallacies can be tricky to spot, both for the people committing them and for the people listening, so newcomers to the topic and advocates alike would, therefore, benefit from familiarizing themselves with the common logical fallacies committed during debates about life extension so that they will both be able to detect them in other people’s arguments and avoid committing any themselves.
To keep up with the pace of progress in this rapidly evolving field, we urge you to follow our blog as well as the Rejuvenation Roadmap, a simple, visually oriented, curated database that tracks the field’s various research projects and their state of development.