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Apoptosis, sometimes called "cellular suicide," is a normal, programmed process of cellular self-destruction.
It helps shape our physical features and organs before birth, and it rids our bodies of unneeded or potentially harmful cells, including cancerous ones. But apoptosis also can kill too many cells after a heart attack or stroke, causing tissues to die. For these reasons, scientists want to better understand the process.
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