Apoptosis and the Cell Cycle
Country: United States
Date: Summer 2010
At what phase in the cell cycle does apoptosis occur?
Apoptosis occurs as the last stage of a cell's life.
You can find a more complete description at the following URL:
which says: "Apoptosis is the process of programmed cell death (PCD) that
may occur in multicellular organisms. Biochemical events lead to
characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. These changes include
blebbing, loss of cell membrane asymmetry and attachment, cell shrinkage,
nuclear fragmentation, chromatin condensation, and chromosomal DNA
fragmentation. (See also Apoptosis DNA fragmentation.) Apoptosis differs
from necrosis, in which the cellular debris can damage the organism."
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