Cell Death: Its Style and Significance

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Natural selection is the mechanism of evolution originally proposed by Charles Darwin. This process is driven by mutation and death. Therefore, "individual death" is a critical event for evolution of species. Analogous to the significance of individual death in species evolution, recent biological observations have revealed that "cell death" is an important event for maintenance of individuals and offspring. Cell death is caused not only by injuries and pathological conditions, but also by programed intracellular signals. This type of programed cell death is called "apoptosis." Apoptosis signals are regulated in mitochondria, eukaryotic organelles of symbiotic origin, and play a critical role in survival of individuals by eliminating some cells.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルTaking Life and Death Seriously - Bioethics from Japan
編集者Takao Takahashi
ページ209-223
ページ数15
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 01-12-2005

出版物シリーズ

名前Advances in Bioethics
8
ISSN(印刷版)1479-3709

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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