Nature Article: Apoptosis

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Tue Jan 4 12:00:54 EST 2000

>The notion that "apoptosis is something to be prevented in order to prolong 
>lifespan" is certainly not proven by this paper.  What they have neatly 
>shown is that prevention of cell death and prolonged lifespan are linked, 
>which isn't exactly a great leap of faith for anyone.

Ok, my question is, why would an organism survive longer with damaged
cells?  Even if the cells are not gotten rid of via apoptosis, why
isn't there some negative impact of living and functioning with
damaged cells?

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