Programmed Aging Theory Info

This web site is dedicated to providing information and resources about theories of biological aging.

There are two main aging concepts as applied to humans and most other mammals. The programmed aging theories, also known as adaptive or active aging theories, propose that mammals purposely deteriorate with age because an internally limited life span provides evolutionary benefits. Non-programmed theories, also known as passive or non-adaptive theories, contend that a limited life span is entirely adverse and that aging is not genetically programmed for the purpose of causing deterioration or death.

Programmed theories provide a better match to observations, but are based on newer concepts regarding evolution mechanisms. Non-programmed theories have difficulty explaining many observations but are more compatible with older evolutionary mechanics concepts.

This issue is important because most people in developed countries now die of age-related diseases. Understanding, preventing, and treating these diseases requires that we understand the aging process.

In addition to introductory and educational material, this site provides extensive descriptions of the various programmed and non-programmed theories and access to full-text or abstracts of many journal articles.

Anti-Aging Medicine: How We Can Extend Lifespan and Live Longer and Healthier Lives 2021 Describes history and current status of evolutionary arguments, research activities, and treatment possibilities. Aging is a treatable condition! eBook or paperback.  Free PDF Version

Introduction to Biological Aging Theory 2nd Ed. Rev 2. 2020 Short non-fiction ebook (free PDF) - describes history of aging theories, current theorists and controversies, anti-aging research and researchers, and underlying evolution theory issues. Available for free on Kindle, iBooks, and Nook.

Aging Theories Discussion Blog

Journal for programmed aging: Biochemistry (Moscow) Phenoptosis 2017  2016  2015  2012 2013 2014.  Free full-text access.

Programmed Aging Medical Research

Biological Aging Theories - A One-Page Summary. 

Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old - And What It Means for Staying Young Josh Mitteldorf and Dorian Sagan 2016

 The Evolution of Aging, 3rd Ed. Free PDF. 2014 Free on Kindle, ibooks, Nook. Available in Paperback. ISBN 9780978870959.

Read about the Homo Sapiens Liberatus Workshop on aging that was held in Moscow, May 2010.

Learn about Google Calico Labs for Aging Research.

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