Life and death: metabolic rate, membrane composition, and life span of animals.

@article{Hulbert2007LifeAD,
  title={Life and death: metabolic rate, membrane composition, and life span of animals.},
  author={A. J. Hulbert and R. Pamplona and Rochelle Buffenstein and William A. Buttemer},
  journal={Physiological reviews},
  year={2007},
  volume={87 4},
  pages={
          1175-213
        }
}
Maximum life span differences among animal species exceed life span variation achieved by experimental manipulation by orders of magnitude. The differences in the characteristic maximum life span of species was initially proposed to be due to variation in mass-specific rate of metabolism. This is called the rate-of-living theory of aging and lies at the base of the oxidative-stress theory of aging, currently the most generally accepted explanation of aging. However, the rate-of-living theory of… 

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