Einstein A Go-Go: Don’t Fear the Reaper with Programmed Cell Death
Dr. Amy Baxter from La Trobe University’s Department of Biochemistry and Genetics joins Einstein A Go-Go to talk about programmed cell death in the human body. Programmed cell death or ‘apoptosis’ as it’s properly known is a process that’s triggered within the body when cells age or become damaged over time that get cleared away before they can start behaving abnormally.
Although a ‘programmed cell death’ might sound grim, it’s actually really important for our bodies’ health, as without apoptosis diseases are then able to develop. Focusing on cell death in humans and other mammals, Amy and her colleagues are trying to better understand the different types of apoptosis that take place in various kinds of cells. Says Amy, ‘We’re all working really hard to characterise the process in different cell types’.