Article ID: CBB001553557

Programming Cell Death in the 1960s: Developmental Biology beyond Dichotomy (2015)


Programmed cell death (PCD) has been one of the most significant topics in modern biomedical research. Its broad importance in many biological and pathological phenomena, including morphogenesis, autoimmune disease, and cancer, demonstrates that its origin deserves a historical examination. By analyzing the role of developmental biology of the 1960s in shaping the notion of a program, this paper explains the emergence of a close correlation between not only life and death, but also the normal and the pathological in the postwar study of cell death.

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Authors & Contributors
Mortara, Lorenzo
Dröscher, Ariane
Cambrosio, Alberto
Eliana Piantanida
Fasolo, Aldo
Adriano Mantovani
Medicina Historica
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
MIT Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Chicago
Disease and diseases
Corti, Bonaventura
Barr, Murray Llewellyn
Osborn, Mary
Levi-Montalcini, Rita
Levi, Giuseppe
Levan, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century

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