Evolutionary Biology of Aging

Paperback | October 1, 1994

byMichael R. Rose

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This unique book looks at the biology of aging from a fundamentally new perspective, one based on evolutionary theory rather than traditional concepts which emphasize molecular and cellular processes. The basis for this approach lies in the fact that natural selection, as a powerfuldetermining force, tends to decline in importance with age. Many of the characteristics we associate with aging, the author argues, are more the result of this decline than any mechanical imperative contained within organic structures. This theory in turn yields the most fruitful avenues forseeking answers to the problem of aging, and should be recognized as the intellectual core of gerontology and the foundation for future research. The author ably surveys the vast literature on aging, presenting mathematical, experimental, and comparative findings to illustrate and support thecentral thesis. The result is the first complete synthesis of this vital field. Evolutionary biologists, gerontologists, and all those concerned with the science of aging will find it a stimulating, strongly argued account.

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This unique book looks at the biology of aging from a fundamentally new perspective, one based on evolutionary theory rather than traditional concepts which emphasize molecular and cellular processes. The basis for this approach lies in the fact that natural selection, as a powerfuldetermining force, tends to decline in importance wit...

Michael R. Rose is at University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.17 × 6.06 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195095308

ISBN - 13:9780195095302

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Table of Contents

1. The Evolutionary Theory of Aging2. Observation of Aging3. Experimental Tests of the Evolutionary Theory of Aging4. Genetic Mechanisms Form the Evolution of Aging5. Comparative Biology of Aging6. An Evolutionary Perspective on Organismal Theories of Aging7. An Evolutionary Perspective on Cellular and Molecular Theories of Aging8. The Future of Gerontology

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"The most comprehensive review ever published on the subject. . . . provocative . . . should be read by biologists and gerontologists interested in theories of aging. It is reasonably priced." --Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics