Observer November December 2021
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Volume 34, Issue6November/December 2021
Mobility and Opportunity Across the Lifespan
Researchers explore the science of what changes, and what stays the same, as we age. Topics include the lifelong impact of childhood experiences, mitochondria's powerful role in healthy aging, and the need for a new "map of life" as life expectancies increase.

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