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Why do we age?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Thomas Kirkwood


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The evolutionary theory of ageing explains why ageing occurs, giving valuable insight into the mechanisms underlying the complex cellular and molecular changes that contribute to senescence. Such understanding also helps to clarify how the genome shapes the ageing process, thereby aiding the study of the genetic factors that influence longevity and age-associated diseases.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kirkwood TBL; Austad SN

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature

Year: 2000

Volume: 408

Issue: 6809

Pages: 233-238

ISSN (print): 0028-0836

ISSN (electronic): 1476-4687


DOI: 10.1038/35041682

PubMed id: 11089980