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Aging is a group-selected adaptation : theory, evidence, and medical implications

Author: Josh Mitteldorf
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the 1990s, laboratory characterization of aging has been diverging from predictions of evolutionary theory, especially in the area of genetics. Concurrently, a science of multilevel selection has found its place in the evolutionary literature. The author suggests that evidence warrants consideration of a new paradigm for evolution of aging, and proposes the demographic theory of senescence, whereby aging has  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Josh Mitteldorf
ISBN: 9781498715287 1498715281
OCLC Number: 952657622
Notes: "A Science Publishers book."
Description: xxiv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Hormesis --
The diverse demography of aging --
Aging is not caused by accumulated damage --
Three prevailing theories and their failings --
Aging is very old --
Evolving population control --
How might aging have evolved as an adaptation? --
Reforming evolutionary theory --
A new paradigm for medical research.
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Since the 1990s, laboratory characterization of aging has been diverging from predictions of evolutionary theory, especially in the area of genetics. Concurrently, a science of multilevel selection has found its place in the evolutionary literature. The author suggests that evidence warrants consideration of a new paradigm for evolution of aging, and proposes the demographic theory of senescence, whereby aging has been affirmatively selected because it levels the death rate over time, helping to stabilize population dynamics and prevent extinctions.

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