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Human life expectancy, on average, has increased on this planet due to advances in science and healthcare. Ecologically, however, this has drastic consequences.

One of the ways that life expectancy has increased has been greater control of apoptosis, or natural programmed cell death.

Which of the following would be considered an ecological consequence of controlling apoptosis?

A

An overall decrease in the total population of humans on the planet.

B

A decrease in the need for natural resources.

C

An increase in the ratio of old to young individuals on the planet.

D

An overall decrease in birth rate.

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