Humans and corals share mechanism for cell self-destruction

Humans and coral share the same biomechanical pathway responsible for activating cellular self-destruction.

Destruction of cells is necessary for killing defections and maintaining the overall health of an organism.

These findings linking humans to corals may help researchers to understand the evolution of multicellular life.

They may also help the medical industry to develop drugs that fight diseases like cancer, and conservationists to better understand the plight of corals in climate change.

Read more at San Diego State University