apoptosis vs. necrosis vs. pop-tarts (pronunciation)

Chris Upton cupton at sol.uvic.ca
Tue Apr 19 18:18:46 EST 1994


In Article <199404192202.PAA26063 at net.bio.net>, SCHLOSSER at ciit.org (Paul
Schlosser) wrote:
>There's a short but nice "review" article by Alan Eastman on this subject
>in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 121:160-164 (1993), that I just
>came across in attempting to clean my desk.  It notes that the term
>"apoptosis" was coined to emphasize the normal balance between cell replication
>(mitosis) and cell death (apoptosis).  Thus, thinking of it as the opposite
>of mitosis, it is easier to use the proper pronunciation "apo-tosis" with
>the 2nd p silent.  (I still like a-*pop*-tosis for the sound of it, though 8-)
                                    ^^^^^
'cuz that's what happens to the the cells :-)



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