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A personal retrospective on the genetics of aging

  • Thomas E. Johnson


This is a personal account of the early days in the genetic analysis of aging when it was difficult to persuade the world that there were genes that specified life prolongation. I describe the situation in 1980 and briefly describe the background of early work on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and my role in the revolution in aging research that has occurred in the last 20 years.

aging Caenorhabditis elegans error catastrophe gerontogene heritability hormesis longevity mutant programmed aging review stress resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas E. Johnson
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  1. 1.Institute for Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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