If something brings in more clarity, why to discard it? In the following example, the usage of “due to,” frowned upon as prepositional phrase earlier but now increasingly accepted, does make the sense hazy; I would change it.

Autolysis occurs naturally at the end of the stationary phase of growth due to natural aging of the cells.

changed to

Autolysis occurs naturally at the end of the stationary phase of growth because of natural aging of cells.

I would of course rather recast the whole sentence as follows, if I am at liberty to do so:

Natural autolysis is caused by aging of cells at the end of the stationary phase of growth.

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