| Can a cell die without reproducing?|
|Question Date: 2017-01-25|
Yes - lots of cells die without
reproducing, and that's a good thing, because
otherwise there would be way too many cells.
Also, there would not be enough food or energy to
feel all the cells.
Yes, a cell can die without reproducing. If a cell
is harmful then it will under apoptosis (cell
death) instead of reproducing to prevent the
harmful genetic material from being passed onto
the next cell. Also, it is common for extra
cells to be produced and only the most functional
ones will survive and reproduce.
Yes. If cells could not die without reproducing,
then it would be impossible for life-forms made up
of cells to die. Being human, you are going to
die some day yourself, and when you do, it will be
because the cells that make up your body will die
Yes, a cell can die without reproducing. The
process is called apoptosis! Apoptosis is
programmed cell death in response to various
changes that happen in the cell. This type of cell
stress could be things like shell shrinkage,
broken up DNA, or RNA decay. In fact, in a
child between the ages of 8 and 14, 20 to 30
billion cells die each day! Pictures of
apoptosis actually look pretty cool. The cell
explodes from a nice, round sphere into a
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