278 pages, Illus, figs, 30 tabs
James Carey presents the results of a monumental, 12 year reseach project funded by the National Institute on Aging, investigating the determinants of longevity using data from the life tables of 5 million Mediterranean fruit flies, the most comprehensive set of life table studies ever on the mortality dynamics of a single species. He interprets the fruit fly data within the context of human aging and the aging process in general to identify the determinants of mortality. 3 key themes emerge: the absence of species-specific life span limits, the context-specific nature of the mortality rate, and biodemographic linkages between longevity and reproduction.
I strongly recommend the book to researchers, students, and other readers interested in longevity and aging... Both the experimental findings and the theoretical discussions in this book are new and important contributions to our understanding of life span. -- Shiro Horiuchi Population and Development Review This book definitively announces a scientific revolution in our understanding of life history, aging, demography, and kindred subjects... Longevity is one of those rare scientific books that has something both important and new to say. -- Michael R. Rose Bioscience Not only a fascinating tour of a major research initiative, but also an informative record of how science actually works. I read it with growing interest as the questions and problems unfolded with each new chapter. -- John Speakman Biologist
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