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The Coming Decade of Cell Death Research: Five Riddles
- Green, Douglas R.
- Cell 2019 v.177 no.5 pp. 1094-1107
- apoptosis, mammals, necroptosis
- Active cell death, in its many forms, is a fundamental biological process. Studies over the past several decades have explored the functions and consequences of cellular demise and elucidated several of the key cell death pathways. Here, I pose five questions, or riddles, that might provide a guide to the next decade of cell death research. Focusing mainly on four types of active cell death (apoptosis, necroptosis, pyroptosis, and ferroptosis) mainly in mammals, this Perspective explores the possible research directions that might answer these riddles, or at least prompt new ones.