J. Phys. I France
Volume 5, Numéro 12, December 1995
Page(s) 1697 - 1703
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1995225
J. Phys. I France 5 (1995) 1697-1703

Exact Results of the Bit-String Model for Catastrophic Senescence

T.J.P. Penna and S. Moss de Oliveira

Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Litorânea s/n. Boa Viagem, 24210-340 Niterói, RJ, Brasil

(Received 14 August 1995, accepted in final form 18 August 1995)

We succeeded in obtaining exact results of the bit-string model of biological aging for populations whose individuals breed only once. These results are in excellent agreement with those obtained through computer simulations. In addition, we obtain an expression for the minimum birth needed to avoid mutational meltdown.

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