Aging research in India

Author: Ashok BT//Ali R
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College, Room 331, Basic Sciences Building, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA.
Conference/Journal: Exp Gerontol
Date published: 2003
Other: Volume ID: 38 , Issue ID: 6 , Pages: 597-603 , Word Count: 131

Research on aging in India has been well documented since ancient times. As way back as 3000-1500 BC, the Indian medical system of Ayurveda was used as a means for the prevention of the effects of aging and generation of disease in organs or the whole organism, respectively. In recent years, the focus has been demographic studies on different aspects of aging and has been in isolation. Molecular aspects of aging have been addressed only by a few groups of scientists which has focused on regulation of gene expression, DNA damage and repair, development of immunochemical reagents to detect oxidative DNA damage and assessing the levels of circulating antibodies to reactive oxygen species modified DNA (ROS-DNA), etc. This review aims to recapitulate various research studies on aging since 3000 BC to date.