Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Programmed Aging

Idea that aging is orchestrated by material inherited by an organism, rather than random wear-and-tear events that an organism encounters in its environment. First proposed in 1881 by August Weismann, the idea has had many incarnations as knowledge of cell mechanics has progressed. Aka pacemaker theory of aging, aging clock theory, biological death clock.

See aging.

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