What is Apoptosis?

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Apoptosis is a way in which the cells in our bodies die when they are damaged or reach the end of their lifespan.  It is a type of organised or programmed cell death that occurs naturally in multicellular organisms, but defects in the apoptotic pathway are linked to many diseases such as cancer and degeneration.

The term ‘apoptosis’ originates from the Greek words ‘apo’, meaning separation and ‘ptosis’, meaning falling off, and has been generally been associated with the falling off of leaves from trees during Autumn.

Learn more about the Apoptosis Research Center