How the right amount of cellular self-cannibalism can keep you healthy
By Tina Hesman Saey, 10:07 AM March 10, 2011
There’s a little Hannibal Lecter in all of us.
But while the famous cannibal dined on chunks of his enemies and friends, most people stick to gnawing on themselves at a microscopic level. In fact, the cells of organisms from yeast to humans regularly engage in self-cannibalism. Cells chew on bits of their cytoplasm — the jellylike substance that fills their bellies — and dine on their own internal organs, although usually without the fava beans and Chianti.
It may sound macabre, but gorging on ...
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