Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 20 February 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 7, p. pe3
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2002.7.pe3]

PERSPECTIVES

Is Postmenopausal Life-Span a Gift of Modern Health or a Product of Natural Selection?

Donna J. Holmes

The author is in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3051, USA. E-mail: electric{at}uidaho.edu

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sageke;2002/7/pe3

Key Words: menopause • reproduction • female • feminist • estrogen • anthropology

Abstract: The author discusses how researchers from various scientific disciplines view the origins of and mechanisms (evolutionary as well as physiological) underlying menopause in humans. She describes presentations from a symposium centered around interdisciplinary perspectives on female reproductive aging. Comparative zoology, primatology, and anthropology have much to contribute to our understanding of human menopause; hence the symposium contained speakers representing these subdisciplines, as well as the more typical disciplines of endocrinology and neurobiology.

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