programmed cell death

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Recent Examples on the Web Examples of such groups of genes are those involved in regulating the cell cycle and programmed cell death, and pathways for immune function and DNA repair. Amanda Kowalczyk, The Conversation, "From marmots to mole-rats to marmosets – studying many genes in many animals is key to understanding how humans can live longer," 1 July 2020 The result was that the cells became less likely to destroy themselves through a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death), which organisms often use as a kind of quality control system for eliminating defective tissue. Quanta Magazine, "A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer," 7 Nov. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Programmed cell death.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/programmed%20cell%20death. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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programmed cell death

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