What happens to cells in our bodies when they die? © Getty Images

What happens to cells in our bodies when they die?

There are 2 main types of cell death: apoptosis (programmed cell death) & necrosis (due to lack of blood flow, ischaemia). But where do these dead cells go?

Asked by: Phil Hibbs, Birmingham

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Cells on the surface of our bodies or in the lining of our gut are sloughed off and discarded. Those inside our bodies are scavenged by phagocytes – white blood cells that ingest other cells.

The energy from the dead cells is partly recycled to make other white cells.

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