"I have a message," says biochemist Steven Clarke. "You know when you get out of a Broadway show, and you’re whistling the tune from the overture? This is the tune that I want the audience to whistle: that in aging, it’s basically the forces of chemistry that are degrading us, and the forces of biology that are building us up. And the crucial thing is, we can’t stop the chemistry.
"How do we enhance those biological reactions that build us back up? How does understanding those processes help us to maintain a health span? That’s the message that I hope will be there."
Read the UCLA Today story about Clarke and his Faculty Research Lecture, "Aging and Rejuvenation: Chemistry and Biology at Work."