Biology of Aging pp 1-23

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 30)

Historical and Current Concepts of the Mechanisms of Aging

  • Alvaro Macieira-Coelho

Abstract

The concepts concerning the mechanisms of aging changed with the evolution of epistemology. There has been a tendency to look for universal causes, although aging does not evolve identically in living organisms. In some organisms, it is a rapid and spectacular process such as in the opossum, some marsupials and the salmon; it can be slow and progressive as in the elephant and humans, or negligible such as in lobsters, turtles, and some fishes.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alvaro Macieira-Coelho
    • 1
  1. 1.INSERMVersaillesFrance

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