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The aging superorganism

Kinross, James and Marchesi, Julian Roberto 2016. The aging superorganism. In: Holmes, Elaine, Nicholson, Jeremy K., Darzi, Ara W. and Lindon, John C. eds. Metabolic Phenotyping in Personalized and Public Healthcare, Academic Press, pp. 265-290. (10.1016/B978-0-12-800344-2.00009-4)

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The aging population represents one of the greatest health challenges of modern times. For the first time in history, those over the age of 60 years will outnumber children under the age of 5 years. If the quality of life and the health of this growing population are to be improved, a deeper understanding of the aging process is required. This chapter analyzes aging from a superorganism perspective; it analyzes the contribution of the vast numbers of bacteria that inhabit the gut and the impact they have on human health; it provides a systematic overview of how the “-omics” technologies are revolutionizing our understanding of the biology of aging; it assesses our current understanding of how health may be maintained in advanced aging; and it looks to the future applications of the “-omics” technologies in this area.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 978-0-12-800344-2
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 13:17

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