The Wellcome Trust quasi-periodically publishes the Wellcome Focus, a scientific digest focused on a particular subject (one topic per issue) and targeted at a general audience. The most recent issue is devoted entirely to the biology of aging (or, as they say in the UK, ageing):

Wellcome Focus cover

As one can immediately grasp from the title page, the tone of the coverage is very favorable to anti-aging therapy and lifespan extension as a concept. There are multiple articles about the sociology, biology, and biomedicine of aging — all woven together with a hope-filled depiction of what might be possible in the near term. From the issue’s introduction:

Our knowledge of the biology of ageing is already informing the development of new treatments for age-related diseases – many of which are, at their core, driven by the ageing of our cells and tissues – and are bringing new ways to keep people healthy and vigorous for many more years than before. If in the future the core processes of ageing themselves become treatable, might we be able to tackle age-related diseases en masse?

The articles themselves are really good — I plan on reading through the whole thing, in part for tips about how to talk about what we do outside the ivory tower, but also to learn. And I’ll be sending it along to the many people I meet who may not be scientifically trained but who are both intellectually engaged in and enthusiastic about research in the biology of aging.

It’s free for download at the Wellcome Trust (pdf), and I’ll host a copy here for posterity (pdf).

(Thanks to reader and biogerontologist John Cumbers for the heads-up.)