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Harakiri

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Apoptosis [link] is a form of programmed cell death that occurs in animals. This means a cell will commit a fairly clean "suicide" if given the appropriate orders. This is important in nearly all tissues and during development.

The inability to commit apoptosis is a hallmark of cancer.

Harakiri, also known as seppuku [link] is a form of ritual suicide in Japan "used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies, as a form of capital punishment for samurai who have committed serious offenses, or performed for other reasons that have brought shame to them."

The comparison seems fair.
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7drone's avatar
...so, we got the body full of samurais... I'm not sure if it's good or bad :D
PapierowySzczur's avatar
Thanks to these samurais we have fingers. Also, often apoptosis is forced on defected cells, which can become tumour cells.
Velica's avatar
Obedient Samurais. Its great.
thehurricanes's avatar
They don't even need a sword. How convenient. :laughing:
LilithBelial's avatar
Thats a lot of TNF, well done indeed
LilithBelial's avatar
med student actually
zebarnabe's avatar
ROFLMAO.... quando tive TLB no secundário ocorreu-me a mesma ideia da relação Harakiri <-> Apoptose ... lol ... Mto bem lembrado :meow:

Pergunto-me como descreverias as autofagia ... xD .... auto-canibalismo?
peanut142's avatar
Apoptosis as a consequence of social pressure! Awesome stuff! Haha, maybe you can combine this picture with the one about phagocytosis! Draw a big monster behind that poor apoptotic cell! ^&^
Velica's avatar
Haha... too many biological concepts.
Ponto-Zero's avatar
thanks to you my biological knowledge increases everytime I read one of your bio-related comic strips hehe.
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