Evolutionary Origins of Aging

  title={Evolutionary Origins of Aging},
  author={Joshua Mitteldorf},
How we search for anti-aging interventions depends on what we think aging is. Surprisingly, the origin and significance of aging are unresolved questions of evolutionary theory, because experiments have diverged starkly from theoretical expectations. If we think that aging is a process of stochastic degradation, then we seek interventions that will repair the damage. If we think aging is a side-effect of fertility, we may look at ways that fertility hormones can be manipulated. But if we think… CONTINUE READING