Here, Raiders et al study the cell biology of apoptosis in the C. elegans gonad. The authors show that some germ cells are binucleate; these cells appear to form during germline morphogenesis, and are removed by apoptosis. The results demonstrate heterogeneity between oogenic germ cells, and show that the apoptosis machinery efficiently recognizes and removes cells with two nuclei.
Image credit: Stephan A. Raiders and colleagues