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»Nicolle Rager Fuller DescriptionIn a process called autophagy, cells cannablize themselves to clean out toxins, recycle used nutrients and to help control disease. Although scientists have known about the process for decades, it's been only recently that the genes involved have been discovered allowing scientists to better understand how the balance of autophagy–too much or too little– can influence disease. This infographic shows the process of autophagy from instigatation by a lack of nutrients, to chopping up proteins and mitochondria, to expulsion of the basic nutrients back into the cell. Keywordsscience; art; illustration; technical; information graphics; biochemistry; molecular; biology; cellular; dna; genetics; receptors; drugs; inhibitors; medical; health; pathways; proteins; amino acids; rna; organelles; medicine; cancer; disease; cure; microbes; mitochondria; metabolism Media Color Categories Medical, Science, Technical Subject(s) Human, Microscopic, Molecular, Processes, Technology Medical Illustration