The Long Life of Birds: The Rat-Pigeon Comparison Revisited

  title={The Long Life of Birds: The Rat-Pigeon Comparison Revisited},
  author={Magdalene K. Montgomery and A. J. Hulbert and William A Buttemer},
  booktitle={PloS one},
The most studied comparison of aging and maximum lifespan potential (MLSP) among endotherms involves the 7-fold longevity difference between rats (MLSP 5y) and pigeons (MLSP 35y). A widely accepted theory explaining MLSP differences between species is the oxidative stress theory, which purports that reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced during mitochondrial respiration damage bio-molecules and eventually lead to the breakdown of regulatory systems and consequent death. Previous rat-pigeon… CONTINUE READING
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