Uncovering Apoptosis

Nanoparticles detect cell suicide plans. ‘Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, is essential for the elimination of unwanted cells in the body. Failures can lead to the build up of these cells, such as the uncontrolled replication of tumour cells. Some cancer therapies are aimed at inducing apoptosis. Developing methods to monitor apoptosis in the body could be useful to test the efficacy of apoptotic drugs.’

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