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Degeneration in Miniature: History of Cell Death and Aging Research in the Twentieth Century


Abstract Once perceived as an unimportant occurrence in living organisms, cell degeneration was reconfigured as an important biological phenomenon in development, aging, health, and diseases in the twentieth century. This dissertation tells a twentieth-century history of scientific investigations on cell degeneration, including cell death and aging. By describing four central developments in cell degeneration research with the four major chapters, I trace the emergence of the degenerating cell as a scientific object, describe the generations of a variety of concepts, interpretations and usages associated with cell death and aging, and analyze the transforming influences of the rising cell degeneration research. Particularly, the four chapters show h... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Jiang, Lijing (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Advisor) / Laubichler, Manfred (Advisor) / Hurlbut, James (Committee member) / Creath, Richard (Committee member) / White, Michael (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History of science / Biology / History / apoptosis / C. elegans / cell aging / cell culture / cell death / gerontology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 235 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Biology 2013
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
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