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Cell Day 2014

3 Reasons to Study the Cell

  1. Cancer: Normal cells have a well-regulated life cycle. When this cycle is disrupted, it can cause abnormalities that lead to cancer.
  2. Genetic diseases: Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell disease and hundreds of other conditions result from genetic errors during the first few divisions of a fertilized egg.
  3. Bacterial infections: Human and bacterial cells have some key differences. Scientists try to exploit these differences to develop antibiotic drugs that kill bacterial cells but not human ones.
This page last reviewed on October 23, 2013