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Our understanding of the biology of aging and longevity has grown tremendously over the past two decades. In addition to manipulating the lifespan and the rate of aging of a number of animal species genetically, by using small molecules or by acting on the environment, the aging field has demonstrated that targeting some of the hallmarks of aging can delay or prevent the development of many diseases or even rejuvenate tissues and organisms. In the mid 2000s, Geroscience was born and with it progressively emerged the hope that the modern biology of aging may drive a revolution in human health in the not-so-distant future. On the backdrop of such rapid progress in biology, populations have continued to grow older throughout the world and our societal awareness of the associated challenges for human healthcare and well-being has become more acute.
Ahead of the launch of Nature Aging in January 2021, the editors of the journal have curated an online Collection of recent papers on aging, longevity and age-related diseases published by Nature Research. This Collection reflects the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of the aging field and its numerous ramifications in other fields. Featuring such diversity is one of the aims of Nature Aging. The journal will address aging as a broad theme by publishing primary research articles, reviews and opinion pieces on the biology of aging, but also translational and clinical studies on age-related diseases, and observations and analyses that are relevant for public health and societal issues. The recently published articles gathered in this Collection are a testimony to how much the field has grown and diversified. The editors of Nature Aging look forward to supporting the field on this rising trajectory.