The Penna Model of Biological Aging

@article{Stauffer2009ThePM,
  title={The Penna Model of Biological Aging},
  author={Dietrich Stauffer},
  journal={Bioinformatics and Biology Insights},
  year={2009},
  volume={1},
  pages={91 - 100}
}
  • D. Stauffer
  • Published 21 June 2007
  • Biology, Medicine, Engineering
  • Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
This review deals with computer simulation of biological aging, particularly with the Penna model of 1995. They are based on the mutation accumulation theory of half a century ago. The results agree well with demographical reality, and also with the seemingly contradictory influence of predators on the aging of prey. 

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