Redundancy and Biological Aging

Science  06 Sep 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3584, pp. 910-912
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3584.910


The relationship between aging and organizational redundancy in biological systems was investigated from the standpoint of information theory. A mortality rate function derived for a randomly deteriorating redundant system approximates observed mortality rates more closely than does the Gompertz function and indicates that variations in redundancy among various mammalian species could account for their widely different rates of aging.