How the Body Destroys Sick Cells

Friday, September 13, 2019

Like a spaceship in a sci-fi movie, our cells come with a self-destruct switch they can trigger when things go wrong. Nick Ader, a graduate student in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, studies the role that cellular energy producers called mitochondria play in this process. Learning more about how the body destroys sick cells could help combat diseases like cancer that occur when the body doesn’t get rid of them.