SAGE KE Bulletin Board

Impetus for Studying Aging?

27 December 2002

Alex F. Bokov

I've wanted to study aging since I was about 14. Like people tend to do when they're fourteen, I thought that no problem was hard enough to keep me truly occupied... so I went ahead and picked the hardest one, with the most ambitious potential outcome I could find.

It was sometime around then that I read "Prolongevity" by Albert Rosenfeld, and was really inspired by it.

Simply put, the reason for studying aging is the same as the reason for studying any biological question with clinical implications... except aging gets right to the root of the matter. In aggregate, there is absolutely nothing that causes more human suffering, disability, and death than aging does.

What has always puzzled me is not why do people study aging, but rather why *more* people aren't doing so.

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