Continuing the search for a fundamental law of mortality

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for 170 years, scientists have attempted to explain why consistent temporal patterns of death are observed among individuals within populations. Historical efforts to identify a `law of mortality` from these patterns ended in 1935 when it was declared that such a law did not exist. These empirical tests for a law of mortality were constructed using mortality curves based on all causes of death. We predicted patterns of mortality consistent with the historical concept of a law would be revealed if mortality curves for species were constructed using only senescent causes of death. Using data on senescent mortality for laboratory ... continued below

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Carnes, B.A.; Grahn, D. & Olshansky, S.J. March 1, 1996.

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for 170 years, scientists have attempted to explain why consistent temporal patterns of death are observed among individuals within populations. Historical efforts to identify a `law of mortality` from these patterns ended in 1935 when it was declared that such a law did not exist. These empirical tests for a law of mortality were constructed using mortality curves based on all causes of death. We predicted patterns of mortality consistent with the historical concept of a law would be revealed if mortality curves for species were constructed using only senescent causes of death. Using data on senescent mortality for laboratory animals and humans, we demonstrate patterns of mortality overlap when compared on a biologically comparable time scale. The results are consistent with the existence of a law of mortality following sexual maturity. The societal, medical, and research implications of such a law are discussed.

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OSTI as DE96007476

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  • Other: DE96007476
  • Report No.: ANL/CMB/PP--87148
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • DOI: 10.2172/206929 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 206929
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc667758

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Carnes, B.A.; Grahn, D. & Olshansky, S.J. Continuing the search for a fundamental law of mortality, report, March 1, 1996; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc667758/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.