Although books exist on the evolution of aging, this is the first book written from the perspective of again as an adaptive program. It offers an insight into the implications of research on aging genetics, The author proposes the Demographic Theory of Senescence, whereby aging has been affirmatively selected because it levels the death rate over time helping stabilize population dynamics and prevent extinctions.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Hormesis. The Diverse Demography of Aging. Aging is not caused by accumulated damage. Three Prevailing Theories, and Their Failings. Aging is Very Old. Population Control. How Might Aging Have Evolved as an Adaptation? Implications and Directions. A New Paradigm for Medical Research.