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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – April 2012

Back to Basics: The Biology of Aging

Format: Brochure
Institute: National Institute on Aging (NIA)

The outward signs of aging are obvious—you notice a new wrinkle, or it takes more energy to do an everyday task. But complex changes are also happening under the surface, deep inside our cells. You can learn more in Biology of Aging: Research Today for a Healthier Tomorrow, a new brochure from NIA that explores questions such as:

  • What is aging?
  • Living long and well: Can you do both? Are they the same?
  • Is aging in our genes?
  • Does stress really shorten your life?
  • Can your immune system still defend you as you age?

The brochure also outlines major findings in the basic biology of aging and previews future areas of investigation.

Next Steps

You can read or download Biology of Aging: Research Today for a Healthier Tomorrow at To order free print copies, call (800) 222-2225.

This page last reviewed on August 21, 2012

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