Biogerontology (AGING) with Dr. Caleb Finch

Biogerontologist Dr. Caleb Finch in his office at USC. (Image via USC)

Biogerontologist Dr. Caleb Finch in his office at USC. (Image via USC)

Why do we die when we die? How much of aging is genetics and how much is environmental? What does oral hygiene have to do with brain health? How do turtles and naked mole rats live so long? Are there any proven strategies for living a longer life? What's up with whiskey and eggs? World-renowned aging expert and biogerontologist Dr. Caleb "Tuck" Finch takes a quick break from his prolific research at USC to answer Alie's sometimes stupid questions about everything from molecules to movies. And she only has like, 3 life-altering epiphanies during the episode.

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Some links which may be of use:

Meet Dr. Caleb Finch

Dr. Caleb Finch’s giant CV

Dr. Finch’s new book: Global Air Pollution in Aging: Reading Smoke Signals

Another reason to floss: gingivitis study

Breezy reading: Inflammation as a potential mediator for the association between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Finch’s work with

I forgot to mention that Dr. Caleb Finch is also a fiddler in the Iron Mountain String Band

His genius, 900-page book on aging, “Longevity, Senescence and the Genome” on Google Books

To buy “Longevity, Senescence and the Genome:”

How old is your bod?

Jean Calment, 122, liked chair aerobics 

Naked mole rats, forever nubile

Blue zones: family, veggies, community and …beans 

Valter Longo has the answers to longevity

Nir Barzilai, M.D.’s lab

Grace Jones, 111, loved whiskey

More diet secrets: bacon and Scotch? 

Mariano "Pops" Rotelli, 107, also loves whiskey

WW II vet Richard Overton lived to 112 despite whiskey and cigar habits 

Please enjoy more Richard Overton

Alie Ward