Can we predict when we will die?
Scientists can already foresee which day flies
By Colin Barras
22 June 2016
Death is inevitable - but is it predictable? Some researchers think it might be.
They say that experiments with fruit flies have revealed a new and distinct phase of life that heralds the approach of death. It’s a stage of life they call the death spiral - and they think humans might experience it too.
In the early 1990s researchers identified a third phase of life
Until about 25 years ago biologists assumed there were just two fundamental phases of life: childhood and adulthood. This is a division we can all recognise. Childhood is characterised by rapid growth and development, a stage before we are sexually mature. During the phase, the likelihood of dying is constantly low.
Adulthood begins when we reach sexual maturity. The chance of death is low when we begin our adult lives - this is when we are in our prime and most likely to have children. But as time marches on, our bodies begin to age and degrade. With every passing year the likelihood of our death increases - slowly at first, but then faster and faster as we get older and older.