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Programmed Cell Death: Search Accelerates For Mechanism Underlying Cancer, Stroke, Heart Attack

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December 17, 1997
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Programmed cell death is a natural, healthy process. When it goes awry, the result can be premature cell death or uncontrolled cell proliferation. University of Maryland researchers report work that brings them much closer to understanding the mechanisms of programmed cell death, enabling eventual development of drugs to cause or prevent it at will.

Sometimes cells are supposed to die. The process is called apoptosis or programmed cell death. Cells die as a part of normal development, as some of them specialize and differentiate into organs and systems. They die in self-defense when they are infected by intruders such as bacteria and viruses. And sometimes they die because their normal life cycle is disrupted by chemicals or other toxins. Other times cells don’t die when they are supposed to. Something interferes with the normal process of apoptosis, and cells continue growing and reproducing out of control. The result of this breakdown of apoptosis is cancer.


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University Of Maryland, Baltimore. (1997, December 17). Programmed Cell Death: Search Accelerates For Mechanism Underlying Cancer, Stroke, Heart Attack. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/12/971217064811.htm
University Of Maryland, Baltimore. "Programmed Cell Death: Search Accelerates For Mechanism Underlying Cancer, Stroke, Heart Attack." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/12/971217064811.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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