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Death and Development*

Nature volume 128, pages 382383 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



THE paper before us embodies a rather novel theory of growth. The author tries to show that in both animals and plants, as the germ grows up into the adult, there are periods of rapid growth separated by intervals of slow growth or, especially in plants, of complete quiescence. He maintains that there are corresponding periods of mortality—a very high deathrate being correlated with each period of rapid growth—except at the end of life when old age degeneration sets in.

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