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Mosaic Ageing

Bleeker, H.P. (2017) Mosaic Ageing. Bachelor's Thesis, Life Science and Technology.

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The idea that traits should age synchronously stems from the classical evolutionary theories of Williams and Smith. Recent empirical data, both in lab and in the wild, has however not confirmed this hypothesis. Here, I will shed some light on recent research conducted on the ageing of different traits in animals in nature. These results are – if possible – explained from an evolutionary aspect, by means of viewing the ageing process as asynchronous or mosaic. This theory of mosaic ageing stresses the complexity and how interconnected different processes of the ageing process are. I propose mosaic ageing not as a replacement but as an extension to the classical theories of ageing and suggest to focus on longitudinal research to further investigate the complex process of ageing.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Life Science and Technology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:31

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