This is with reference to the Research article on apoptosis (R. Lewis, The Scientist, Febr. 6, 1995, page 15). The term apoptosis first (I believe) appeared in 1972, in a paper by Kerr et al. (J.F.R. Kerr, A.H. Wyllie, A.R. Currie, British Journal of Cancer, 26:239, 1972).

In fact, in a footnote on page 241, the authors thank "Professor James Cormack of the Department of Greek, University of Aberdeen for suggesting this term." I think all of us working on any aspect of apoptosis should be cognizant of the origin of the term.

Deepti Pradhan
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Penn State University
University Park, Pa. 16802

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