The disposable soma theory, proposed by Thomas Kirkwood in 1977., is one of several theories about ageing. It offers an evolutionary view of the process proposing that age-associated accumulation of cellular damage in individuals is due to an evolutionary tendency to use more energy in reproduction processes instead of repairing and conserving the somatic cells.
- ↑ Kirkwood TB. Evolution of ageing. Nature. 1977 Nov 24;270(563 5):301-4.