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In his groundbreaking new book, "Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today," neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers a revolutionary way of thinking about aging.

Just exactly how do we age? Why do some societies have more centenarians than others? Is immortality possible? In a modern-day quest for immortality, Gupta takes readers on an investigative journey around the world to meet the pioneers and history makers in the field of immortality and to search for an answer to the question, "What can we do now to chase life?" "Chasing Life" blends futuristic science, compelling stories of the quest for life extension and cutting-edge practical advice on halting the aging process.

In "Chasing Life," Gupta proves that a kind of "practical immortality" is within our reach. He explains major scientific advances that are going to revolutionize health care and potentially expand life by decades in the very near future, including an application of stem cell therapy to make degenerative diseases only a bad memory and new developments in gene sequencing that may completely transform the experience of aging.

In addition, Gupta shows us not only how to live longer, but how to live better. His research also focuses on practical, everyday ways for us to extend our lives, revealing findings that are often provocative and even counterintuitive. For instance, did you know that longevity may not be about eating well, but about eating less? That nutritional supplements might actually be a waste of money? That one single exercise technique could be sufficient to prolong life? That deep breathing is crucial to healthy living? That achieving a long life may be more about your social network than any other life prolonging technique?

In conjunction with the book's release, CNN will air a documentary, "Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta" on April 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

Gupta is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and assistant professor at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a columnist for Time magazine and contributes daily reports and hosts the CNN's weekend show, "House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta." He is also a contributor to "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."

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