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Exp Gerontol. 2001 Jul;36(7):935-45.

Experimental research on ageing in Russia.

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Gerontological Society of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Ageing, N.N. Petrov Research Institute of Oncology, Pesochny-2, St. Petersburg 189646, Russia.


An analysis of the current situation in Russian biogerontology is presented in this paper. There are several active groups in Russia pursuing research in biogerontology capable of producing results publishable in international journals of high repute. The main directions of research on the biology of ageing in this country are prevention of premature ageing, the role of free radicals and of the endocrine system (in particular, the pineal gland) in the mechanisms of ageing, carcinogenesis and ageing and population genetics of ageing. Several groups are conducting fruitful research on the theoretical aspects of the biology of ageing. Only a few teams are focusing on molecular biology and the genetics of ageing. In the past few years, many more researchers in fields highly relevant to gerontology have been attracted by issues in gerontological research. In Russia, the most basic problem facing researchers in biogerontology and other relevant areas is an almost complete absence of support from the State and other decision makers.

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