Cracking the Aging Code
a new book by Josh Mitteldorf & Dorion Sagan

HOW EVOLUTION HAS ARRANGED FOR US TO DIE
AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT

Coming 14 June, 2016 from MacMillan/Flatiorn

The Selfish Gene is dead, and Aging is the Killer App!

Evolution is all about being a strong competitor and, above all, making lots of babies.  So how could aging evolve?  Aging is the opposite of fitness!

Evolutionary biologists have assumed that aging must be a side effect of natural selection, certainly not an adaptation in its own right.  But surprise!  There are genes that enforce aging — genes that seem to have no other purpose than to kill us.  What is more, these same genes have been guarded and preserved over a billion years of evolutionary history.  It sure looks as though Evolution wants us to die!

How can we imagine a Darwinian process directed toward loss of fitness?
Evolutionary theory will have to adapt or die!

The implications for medicine are just as revolutionary:
We are learning to silence the aging genes, to live longer, healthier lives.