Aging may be a conditional strategic choice and not an inevitable outcome for bacteria.

@article{Watve2006AgingMB,
  title={Aging may be a conditional strategic choice and not an inevitable outcome for bacteria.},
  author={Milind Watve and Sweta Parab and Prajakta S Jogdand and Sarita Keni},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={103 40},
  pages={14831-5}
}
Aging is known in all organisms that have different somatic and reproductive cells or in unicellular organisms that divide asymmetrically. Bacteria that divide symmetrically were believed to be immune to natural aging. The demonstration of functionally asymmetric division and aging in Escherichia coli recently has challenged this belief and led to the suggestion that aging might be inevitable for all life forms. We modeled the effects of symmetric and asymmetric division in bacteria to examine… CONTINUE READING

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