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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication-Data
Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on a National Research Agenda on Aging.
Extending life, enhancing life : a national research agenda on aging / Committee on a National Research Agenda on Aging, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine : Edmund T. Lonergan, editor.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Aging—Research. 2. Aging—Research—Government policy—United States. I. Lonergan, Edmund T. II. Title.
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