One signal means different things to stem cells versus their progeny

October 14, 2014 11:03 PM

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One signal means different things to stem cells versus their progeny

New experiments at Rockefeller University have given researchers a better handle on how this happens. The results, published online October 9 in Cell Stem Cell, offer new insights into the regulation of stem cells and the process that leads to fully differentiated cells.

Keeping quiet: Using resting hair follicle stem cells (left), researchers shut down their BMP receptors, causing the stem cells to began dividing prematurely (right), forming a pocket of new cells, known as a matrix (red).

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