Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 17 November 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 46, p. ns9
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.46.ns9]


Culture Clash

A growing body of research suggests that yeast have programmed death pathways, yet many researchers are skeptical. Recent studies provide some of the first experimental evidence for why a single-celled organism would commit suicide

R. John Davenport

Abstract: Some dying yeast display signs of apoptosis, a cell-suicide process. The idea has sparked controversy partly because single-celled organisms wouldn't seem to benefit from this inclination. Work over the past year has bolstered the notion that yeast kill themselves and provided experimental evidence for how the capacity might aid yeast populations.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Culture Clash. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (46), ns9 (2004).

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