Re: Programmed agingJune 20 2010 at 11:03 AM
|Luke Parrish (Login lsparrish)|
Response to Programmed aging
What about Aubrey's favorite model where it is accumulation of damage that causes aging?
Of course salmon have programmed aging, but they have a clear evolutionary benefit from dying at a certain time. Creatures without such a benefit could simply be dying because of a lack of selective pressure towards longer lives (and hence damage repair mechanisms).