Top 4 ‘getting started’ in aging & healthspan extension resources

During a recent Gen P user experience session one early adopter asked me to provide a reading list to get the user started with digging into understanding aging science and longevity and healthspan extension technologies/scenarios. Here I provide a short subjective list containing different resources suited to a general non-biomedical audience. The list contains 1 scientific paper, 1 book, 1 search feed and 1 Twitter account. I reserve the right to review, update and extend the list.

1 scientific paper

  • The Hallmarks of Aging by 5 excellent, mainstream scientists: this review paper, published in Cell in 2013 as part of the Open Archive is the default reference starting point for scientists digging into the different processes of molecular agings. People wanting to dig into molecular biogerontology (fancy way of saying aging science/research) should start here and explore this emerging universe through the references.

1 popular book

  • Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) by Bill Gifford is a 2015 book giving a very accessible narrative into the history of academic aging research and its main findings and highlighting also the emerging ‘quantified self’ scene and its figures, those self-experimenters (many times the scientists themselves) who follow up new ‘theory’ (bleeding edge research results) with action whenever its possible, even if that action turns out to be ungrounded years later as it is so customary in science.

1 Twitter account

  • The Longevity Reporter is a good mix of hardcore and popular science links/news focusing on aging and longevity but also on general health. In order to decide how legit is the science behind popular science headlines one needs to dig deeper though and go back to the original scientific references.

1 search/feed

  • ‘human aging review’ search and/or RSS feed by the PubMed biomedical search engine. PubMed is still a top internet resource for many biomedical researchers. This is where they start their preparations for a new research study and usually those researchers start by searching a more comprehensive and more accessible review paper summarising the state of the art in the particular niche field. This query yields a bit noisy results though but opens up a bigger space than The Hallmarks of Aging review above