Identification of New Genes Shows a Complex Path to Cell Death

Published: Dec 17, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. — Can a tiny winged insect’s salivary glands really tell us about processes relevant to human disease? Yes, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), who gained new insights into autophagy—a cellular degradation process associated with a form of programmed cell death—by studying the salivary gland cells of the fruit fly.

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