"If live to be 150 -- and thanks to Ted Anton I now know how - I doubt I will ever read a book about the science of aging as enthralling as The Longevity Seekers.”
John Seabrook, New Yorker
"We've been searching for the so-called Fountain of Youth for centuries but Ted Anton makes the quest invigoratingly new again in this beautifully told story of 21st century researchers in pursuit of the secrets of longevity. There's vividly clear science here, there's the grit and determination of the scientists themselves, and the result is a book both engaging and illuminating on the subject of long, long life."
Deborah Blum, Author of The Poisoner’s Handbook
“Research, money, and ego are the basic ingredients in the modern day quest to live longer—or forever. Ted Anton takes us into the laboratories and boardrooms in the worldwide competition for longevity, and with expertise and wit tells a wondrous story of contemporary science.”
Daniel S. Greenberg, Author of Science for Sale
"In this lively account, Ted Anton shares his fascination with what goes on when creatures age, and explores the possibility that aging can be delayed or even avoided. With a lively and accessible style, he conveys the concepts, the personalities, and the pressures in the world of serious but enthusiastic research that one day might turn us all into Methuselahs."
Peter Atkins, Oxford University
"A lively and at times humorous account of the search for the 'longevity genes,' told from the perspective of the pioneers in the field. Anyone with an interest in the new science of aging or the ways in which business and the media influence science is sure to enjoy this book."
Link to the January 26, 2018 Chicago Review of Books
From the October, 2014 issue of Global Public Health:
“A valuable, engaging addition to the literature on longevity. . . . Anton is well equipped for the task of translating complicated scientific matters into accessible language. . . [His] polished prose almost qualifies The Longevity Seekers for The New Yorker or a good detective yarn; understated are his extensive research forays, the double-checking of facts. and the erudition that undergirds the book.” W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston
From the May, 2014 issue of Health Affairs: “The Longevity Seekers is a must read. The characters are fascinating. And the stories behind the breakthroughs that have already occurred are gripping enough to compete with a mystery novel. Any one of the scientists profiled by Anton is likely to change the course of history. Having the opportunity to read the background behind the story, before it happens, is a privilege.” S. Jay Olshansky, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Longevity Seekers was named a finalist in nonfiction for the 2014 Book Awards from the Society of Midland Authors.
The Longevity Seekers is nicely reviewed in the May 29, 2013 issue of Nature:
"A “silver tsunami” is upon us, writes Ted Anton: by 2050, one-third of people in the developed world will be over 60. The time has come to tease out the “molecular tipping points” involved in maintaining geriatric health... Kicking off with molecular biologist Cynthia Kenyon — who in 1993 pinpointed a single-gene mutation that doubles the lifespan of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans — Anton reveals a young field already rife with larger-than-life personalities and lab drama aplenty."
A new review appeared in the journal Ageing and Society, by John Mccormack, published in Cambridge, England:
www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=915033 “An accessible insight into a complex research area . . . [The Longevity Seekers] is an easy and interesting read, with a clear, well-structured format, comprehensive notes section, and a very interesting summary [of the] timeline of developments.”
Article on longevity and jobs appeared in the October, 27, 2013 issue of SLATE:
A nice review in the November, 2013, Harper's, by Bee Wilson: "At Death's door: The hope and hokum of immortality"
"Anton vividly recounts the excitement in the various labs in the early 2000s and the intensity of the scientists' search."
The Chicago Book Review reviewed The Longevity Seekers
“Ted Anton has crafted an engaging, accessible examination of the quest to understand longevity. . . . [The Longevity Seekers] unwinds like a fast-paced thriller, as Anton recounts the highly competitive race in which scientists, research labs, and global drug companies engage in the search for a magic bullet to extend human life.”
The Longevity Seekers was featured on the nationally syndicated National Public Radio program, "Big Picture Science."
Scott McLemee, review of The Longevity Seekers in Inside Higher Ed.
Sandra Loh featured The Longevity Seekers on her National Public Radio program "The Loh Down on Science" in southern California
Some of my recent articles on global aging appeared in in the May-June, 2013 issue Aging Today, the national publication of the American Society on Aging Vol. xxxiv, No. 3 www.asaging.org
Derek Lowe, "In the Pipeline," reviewed The Longevity Seekers