Finding a cell's true identity

Scientists have long sorted cells into different varieties based on their appearance under a microscope or, for differences that are more visually subtle, based on the behavior of a handful of genes. But in a bid to reveal ...

Looking beyond genes to explain blood cells' fates

Scientists often talk about cell fate and commitment in terms of mechanisms that control gene expression (transcription factors, chromatin remodeling, etc.). But by studying Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), rare genetic blood ...

Cell contacts in embryonic development determine cellular fate

The average human has about 37.2 trillion cells. But cells are differentiated for thousands of different functions. How does a cell 'know' which function to fulfill? In a paper published today in Developmental Cell, the group ...

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