Aging is a specific biological function rather than the result of a disorder in complex living systems: biochemical evidence in support of Weismann's hypothesis.

@article{Skulachev1997AgingIA,
  title={Aging is a specific biological function rather than the result of a disorder in complex living systems: biochemical evidence in support of Weismann's hypothesis.},
  author={Vladimir Petrovich Skulachev},
  journal={Biochemistry. Biokhimiia},
  year={1997},
  volume={62 11},
  pages={
          1191-5
        }
}
A concept postulating that aging is a specific biological function that promotes the progressive evolution of sexually reproducing species is reviewed. Death caused by aging clears the population of ancestors and frees space for progeny carrying new useful traits. Like any other important function, aging is mediated by several molecular mechanisms working simultaneously. At least three such mechanisms have been postulated thus far: 1) telomere shortening due to suppression of telomerase at… CONTINUE READING

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