Apoptosis 2017

The word "apoptosis" has entered modern usage as a genetics term describing programmed cell death or senescence. It was taken from the Greek word for "falling off", used to describe the dropping of leaves and petals from trees and flowers. However, its medicinal use appears less innovative than its modern-day repurposers thought: texts by Hippocrates and Galen, written over 2000 years ago, refer to the apoptosis of bones and scabs…