Mathematics Proves Why It’s Impossible to Stop Aging

Mathematics Proves Why It’s Impossible to Stop Aging
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A group of researchers has come to the conclusion that mathematically it is impossible to stop aging. It’s something we have to deal with as multicellular organisms.

Researchers at the University of Arizona (AU) have said in a new study that attempts to stop aging are futile. Scientists have a mathematical equation that states that aging is an “intrinsic property of multicellular beings”.

The new study has taken into account the idea that mathematically it is impossible to stop aging in multicellular organisms like humans, according to Science Daily.

The current understanding of the evolution of aging leaves the possibility that the degradation of an organism can be stopped only if science finds a way to make the perfect selection between organisms. One way to accomplish this would be to use competition between cells to eliminate the weak ones associated with aging and keeping others. However, the solution is not that simple.

Masel and Paul Nelson have shown that, even if natural selection was perfect, aging still arises, as cancer cells, which arise with aging, would “cheat” in the competition. Researchers refer to the cancer cell’s tendency to increase in number as the body weakens. In other words, if we try to eliminate weak cells, cancer cells would proliferate. The reverse is equally unsatisfactory: if cancer cells were eliminated, the slow and inefficient ones would proliferate.

Thus, researchers have come to the conclusion that whatever method is taken, aging remains an intrinsic feature of multicellular organisms, which has not even been eliminated by the evolution that has taken place over millions of years.


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