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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 35, Issue 2, May 2020

María Belén Campero, Cristián Favre, Cristian Saborido
Pages 197-215

Morir para vivir. La muerte celular como proceso regulador

Usually, the organization of living systems is explained by appealing to an intrinsic purpose that is based on the biological survival. However, paradigmatically, it is inevitable to observe that the final destiny of all living organisms is death. In this work, we defend that, from an organizational approach, there is a form of death—Regulated Cell Death—that, far from being a mere «absence of life», is a process of biological regulation and a feature of self-maintenance in multicellular organisms.