Animal models of reproductive aging: What can they tell us?

Steven N. Austad

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7 Scopus citations


This commentary explores the relationship between what can be learned about reproductive senescence from studies in the laboratory compared with what can be learned from studies in the field. Laboratory studies allow researchers to isolate and analyze detailed cellular and molecular mechanisms of reproductive senescence, however drawing evolutionary inferences from captive studies can be misleading. The ideal study would combine field and laboratory observations and experiments. As with most other biological phenomena, understanding the nature of genetic and environmental interactions is central to understanding of reproductive aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReproductive Aging
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781573317757
StatePublished - Aug 2010

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632


  • natural selection
  • reproductive aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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