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What it LOOKS LIKE is the gradual process of aging and wrinkles - it is the dead cells that fall off your skin and the fresh new tissue you see after an injury heals. Apoptosis is the natural process of programmed cell death (PCD) that may occur in multicellular organisms. Normal bodily chemistry leads to characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. By contrast, necrosis is a form of traumatic cell death that results from acute cellular injury. Apoptosis, in general, confers advantages during an organism's life cycle. Unlike necrosis, apoptosis produces cell fragments called apoptotic bodies that phagocytic cells are able to engulf and quickly remove before the contents of the cell can spill out onto surrounding cells and cause damage. Defective apoptotic processes have been implicated in an extensive variety of diseases. Excessive apoptosis causes atrophy, whereas an insufficient amount results in uncontrolled cell proliferation, such as cancer. Mr Google has thousands of diagrams and photographs you can use to illustrate apoptosis in action....
Apoptosis is a form of cell death characterized by a sequence of events in the cells that lead to the elimination of these cells. Apoptosis can have both positive and negative effects in the cell. Find out more information from the following link http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11287.