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Aging: Genetics

  1. Bastiaan Johannes Zwaan

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005527



How to Cite

Zwaan, B. J. 2006. Aging: Genetics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Aging is under genetic control and the genes, which ensure organism integrity and life span for successful reproduction, appear to have been highly conserved in evolution. These genes regulate the balance between survival and reproduction.


  • aging;
  • life span;
  • pleiotropy;
  • mutation accumulation;
  • mortality