|Courtesy of Bingren Hu, Queen's Medical Center, Hawaii. Provided by Cell Signaling Technology
Cells die. This basic, two-word statement is fraught with unanswered questions that are loaded with complexity: What events and signals trigger cell death? What is the mechanism by which cell death occurs? How is death regulated, and why does that regulation sometimes go haywire? These are important questions, and thousands of researchers are actively working to tackle them.
Cells can die either through necrosis or apoptosis. Necrosis is unplanned cell death that is usually triggered by toxic...
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