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November 23, 1994

Graying of America Stimulates More Research on Aging-Associated Factors

JAMA. 1994;272(20):1561-1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520200015004

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Abstract

AN INVESTIGATOR who should know perhaps puts it best.

"Many more surprises concerning the aging process are likely to be forthcoming."

The published prediction (in a National Institutes of Health booklet, With the Passage of Time) is from Reubin Andres, MD, the National Institute on Aging's (NIA) clinical director and chief of its Laboratory of Clinical Physiology, now in his 35th year at the institute's Gerontology Research Center, Baltimore, Md.

Nothing's as Individual as Aging  Among many reasons this forecast is likely to come true, says George R. Martin, PhD, who retired recently as the NIA's scientific director, is that differing environmental, genetic, lifestyle, and other factors make aging a highly individual process that extends even to variability in aging of one person's organs.See also p 1569.Underlining the latter point, Edward G. Lakatta, MD, chief of the Baltimore center's Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, and—since Martin's retirement—acting scientific director,

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