chapter  5
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- Visualization of Apoptosis

Apoptosis, the programmed cell death, is used to eliminate cells in excess, damaged, or infected and potentially dangerous for the organism. The cells govern their own death, as a consequence of internal molecular signals, leading to a series of events requiring from a few hours to several days to overcome. The apoptotic cells detach from their neighboring cells and are readily phagocyted by macrophages or adjacent cells without generating an inflammatory response.