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AP Biology help? Apoptosis, and orderly integration of signaling pathways?

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Default AP Biology help? Apoptosis, and orderly integration of signaling pathways?



Can anyone just conceptualize this, I really don't know how to answer this.

Briefly explain the role of apoptosis in the development and proper functioning of an animal and describe how this form of programmed cell death is a process that emerges from the orderly integration of signaling pathways.

In case it helps, in the intro to the question, it reads:
The property of life emerges at the biological level of the cell.
The highly regulated process of apoptosis is not simply the destruction of a cell; it is also an emergent property.

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Default Re: AP Biology help? Apoptosis, and orderly integration of signaling pathways?

Even after googling what an emergent property is I'm not 100% certain on my answer here. But perhaps if you were to compare the process of apoptosis which does not have further effects of killing surrounding cells, to necrosis which is detrimental to the tissue or organism and leads to further cell death you could talk about the emergent properties in that way, as being an orderly cell death/destruction but sparing the larger tissue.

I could see particularly during development where some cell types exist only for short period of time to direct other cells and then undergo apoptosis, that this is an emergent property, because the process is necessary for the organism as a whole, and critical for the development of the large and very complex animals, but is contrary to a more selfish view of any individual cell surviving. Thus an emergent property?
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