A Demographic View of Limits on Life-Span

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Science  29 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5637, pp. 1185
DOI: 10.1126/science.1088558

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Longevity The Biology and Demography of Life Span. By James R. Carey. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2003. 304 pp. $75, £49.95. ISBN 0-691-08848-9. Paper, $29.95, £19.95. ISBN 0-691-08849-7.

Drawing on his life-history studies of Mediterranean fruit flies, Carey presents a framework for determining the key factors that govern mortality and life-span in humans and other animals.