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Book and Media Reviews
November 3, 2010

Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality

JAMA. 2010;304(17):1961. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1602

Death has been the one certainty for every person born since humans first appeared on earth, and ways to avoid death have probably been discussed and debated for almost as long. Even though human beings possess mortal bodies, they have always longed for immortality.

In Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality, Jonathan Weiner reviews the scientific search for human immortality. Weiner, a noted popular science writer, has also won a Pulitzer Prize for previous work. He clearly has a passion for this topic. Although this book seems to be meant for readers without a science or medical background, the information included on scientific advances in the study of cell biology is written in such a fashion that professionals not conversant with this research will also learn a great deal without feeling that the science has been oversimplified.

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