Kleemeier award lecture: are there genes for aging?

  title={Kleemeier award lecture: are there genes for aging?},
  author={Richard L. Miller},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences},
  volume={54 7},
  • Richard L. Miller
  • Published 1999 in
    The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological…
The question of whether aging - the process that converts fit adults into frailer adults with a progressively increased risk of illness, injury, and death - is under genetic control is ambiguous, and its answer depends on what one means by aging. Natural selection can select for genes that retard aging, but only in species and niches where the value of prolonged survival outweighs its costs. Although the form aging takes can be affected by variations at many genetic loci the number of loci that… CONTINUE READING

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