Anastasis, a surprising cell survival mechanism

Our health and well being depends on trillions of life and death decisions made at the cellular level each and every day. We have recently discovered the surprising ability of cells to recover from the brink of death and go on to survive and proliferate. This finding has implications for degenerative disease, regenerative medicine, cancer and evolution. Here you see a field of human lung cancer cells. When we treat them with a toxin they shrivel up and begin to die but all we have to do is wash the toxin away for them to recover.