In many other cases cell death helps regulate cell numbers in the developing nervous system for example cell death adjusts the number of nerve cells to match the number of target cells that require innervation in all these cases the cells die by apoptosis. A million cells in our bodies die every second they commit suicide by activating a process called apoptosis or other forms of programmed cell death these mechanisms are essential for survival of the body as a whole and play critical roles in various developmental processes the immune system and cancer. In means to an end douglas green provides a clear and comprehensive view of apoptosis and other cell death mechanisms taking a bottom up approach he starts with the enzymes that perform the execution process a family of proteases termed caspases and examines their cellular targets and the ways in which they are activated. Apoptosis is essential for survival of the body as a whole and has critical roles in various developmental processes and the immune system in means to an end douglas green provides a clear and comprehensive view of apoptosis and other cell death mechanisms
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