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Living with the StarsHow the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars$
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Karel Schrijver and Iris Schrijver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727439.001.0001

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Dying to Live

Dying to Live

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Living with the Stars

Karel Schrijiver

Iris Schrijiver

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the human body maintains itself by balancing the death of cells with the creation of new ones. Every year of our lives we purge and regenerate a cell mass that is about as large as our body weight, involving millions of cells each second. New generations of specialized tissue cells are made by the division and differentiation of stem cells found throughout our bodies. The formation of new cells to replace dysfunctional ones enables the body to counter the damage inflicted upon our bodies by daily life, until eventually the regeneration fails as wear and tear win out. Some tissues are entirely replaced within months, others only after many years, but no tissue is permanent

Keywords:   cell, stem cell, human body, regeneration, cell death

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