How and why cells kill themselves


How and why cells kill themselves

Davis Auditorium
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute


1g Royal Parade

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All living things share two properties: the ability to reproduce, and the ability to die. Evolution through natural selection has ensured an organism's genes maximise their ability to be passed on to future generations. All of our ancestors, without exception, back to a primitive eukaryote and beyond, carried genes that enabled them to live long enough to reproduce. It therefore initially seems surprising that on several occasions living things have evolved genes that don't promote cell survival, but exist to cause cell suicide. In this lecture Professor Vaux will talk about several of these mechanisms for cell death, how they work, why they might have evolved, and what can go wrong if they do not operate correctly.

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