News tagged with cell programming

A major hub for cell-fate decisions

In a recently published study, LMU researchers show that, in a nerve-cell lineage in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a single protein controls the rate of cell-cycle progression, and decides whether cells divide, differentiate ...

Nov 15, 2013 5 / 5 (1) 0

Mitochondrial cooperatives

Mitochondria, the organelles that supply the cell with energy, are highly dynamic and can link up to form complex tubular networks. A new study shows that this response can transiently compensate for a shortfall in energy ...

Aug 13, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0

How birds lost their penises

In animals that reproduce by internal fertilization, as humans do, you'd think a penis would be an organ you couldn't really do without, evolutionarily speaking. Surprisingly, though, most birds do exactly ...

Jun 06, 2013 4.5 / 5 (6) 0 | with audio podcast

New insights on cell competition

Scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) describe how natural selection also occurs at the cellular level, and how our body's tissues and organs strive to retain the best cells in their ranks in ...

Sep 14, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0