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Change Can Kill: What Barnacles Can Teach Us About Dying Young


Paul Dunn

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From an evolutionary perspective, it is counterintuitive for any organism to die young, since all individuals that die before adulthood also fail to reproduce and pass on their genes. Despite this fact, a pattern of high mortality early in life is present in almost all organisms. One promising potential explanation for this pattern is the presence of dangerous early-life transitions that produce unavoidably high mortality risk. Using barnacles as model organisms, we are beginning to test just how dangerous some early-life transitions are. This in turn may help to unravel the mystery of why so many living things die young.

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