Aging- Living Organisms

1908 Words Jan 29th, 2018 8 Pages
There are more than four hundred theories on ‘how’ and ‘why’ we age. None of them stands out as a single winner in explaining everything about ‘aging’ but in fact, they are all interconnected and together they explain the possible process of aging. This assignment attempts to explore the research based avenues which could possibly help Mickey live significantly longer than Minnie, based on the assumption that Mickey and Minnie inherit the same genetic programme but follow different life styles.
Different authors and researchers define aging differently. Aging has been defined by Balducci(2007) as a loss of “entropy and fractality.” Loss of entropy implies a progressive reduction in an individual’s functional reserve, whereas loss of fractality implies a progressive reduction in the ability to coordinate different activity and negotiate the environment”. Yet another definition which would encapsulate the wider meaning of the term aging is “aging as a multifaceted phenomenon associated with decrements in cellular and physiological functions, increases in the incidence of numerous degenerative diseases and diminished capacity for responding to stress (Beckman and Ames, 1998).
The theories on aging can broadly be classified as programmed and damage based. While the former argues that the complex process of aging is primarily pre-programmed by genes and not due to any random or…
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