"Mathematically speaking, multicellular organisms like us will always have to deal with a cellular competition where only one side will win. And ultimately, that means our vitality will always come out as the loser.
We have a pair of researchers from the University of Arizona to blame for this depressing conclusion, who crunched the numbers on a hypothesis involving the weeding out of unfit cells and found it amounted to a catch-22 situation.
"Ageing is mathematically inevitable – like, seriously inevitable," says evolutionary biologist Joanna Masel.
"There's logically, theoretically, mathematically no way out.""Read more...