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Death as a critical transition

Duong, M.N (2010) Death as a critical transition. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Researchers have shown that in many complex systems there are certain points in which a minor perturbation can trigger a drastic irreversible change. These are so-called critical transitions. Research has yielded important cues that have been suggested as indicators of whether a system is getting close to a critical transition. The most important indicator that occurs before bifurcations that cause a critical transition is known as critical slowing down. A consequence of slowing down is that the variation and the rate in fluctuation is increased. The aim of this thesis is to investigate whether death can be explained as a so-called critical transition. If death can be explained as a critical transition it is expected that the indications that occur before a critical transition will also occur before death. So we expect that indications such as critical slowing down, a slow recovery rate and an increase of variation will occur before death and with accelerated senescence. This study show that there are promising indications that death can be explained as a critical transition. However more data and research is needed for conformation.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:31
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9266

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