I have invited Victor to be an Associate Researcher-Writer for this blog and expect that one or two of his first blog entries will appear online today. Victor responded to my recent Call for associate researcher-writers by submitting a number of candidate blog entries. Those items and correspondence with him convinced me that Victor has what it takes to extend the coverage of this blog in scope and depth while maintaining and improving its quality: in-depth knowledge of key science areas relevant to longevity, scientific integrity, an interest in scouring the ever-changing literature, a probing mind seeking to investigate new developments for their possibilities, a passion for discovery, an attention to detail, an interest in communicating, and a capability to write clearly. Victor’s blog entries will appear with minimum or no editing on my part. To the extent that he offers views and opinions, they will be his own and may be different than mine. If I feel a need to comment on anything he says I will do so via blog comments just like any other blog reader.