Aging is a universal and inevitable phenomenon that affects nearly all animal species. It can be considered the product of an interaction between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, which in turn influence longevity that varies between and within species. It has been proposed not only that the aging process is under genetic control, but that it can also be considered a result of the failure of homeostasis due to the accumulation of damage. This review article discusses these issues, focusing on the function of genes that associate with aging and longevity, as well as on the molecular mechanisms that control cell survival and maintenance during aging.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2000|