Stem Cell Specialization is Ruled by Geometry

July 1, 2014 7:58 PM

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Stem Cell Specialization is Ruled by Geometry

Researchers have long struggled to figure out how exactly embryonic stem cells develop into the specialized cell "factories" that craft human tissue and organs - a process that occurs only seven days after conception. Now, researchers from the Rockefeller University believe they finally have the answer, and it may surprise you to learn geometry has a lot to do with it.

"Understanding what happens in this moment, when individual members of this mass of embryonic stem cells begin to specialize for the very first time and organize themselves into layers, will be a key to harnessing the promise of regenerative medicine," lead researcher Ali Brivanlou said in a recent ...

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