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Research on sweat glands suggests a route to better skin grafts

Research on sweat glands suggests a route to better skin graftsScientists have discovered the signaling pathways that help hair follicles and sweat glands form during development, and identified the mechanism that allows both of these features to coexist in human skin. The findings may improve the methods used to grow tissue used in grafting procedures.
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One signal means different things to stem cells versus their progeny

One signal means different things to stem cells versus their progenyWhen researchers shut down hair follicle stem cells’ ability to respond to a protein, the cells began dividing prematurely. Meanwhile, when the same was done to their progeny cells, the fate of these cells shifted. More »

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Using geometry, researchers coax human embryonic stem cells to organize themselves

Using geometry, researchers coax human embryonic stem cells to organize themselvesBy confining colonies of human embryonic stem cells to tiny circular patterns on glass plates, researchers have for the first time coaxed them into organizing themselves just as they would under natural conditions. More »

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Researchers Discover Promoter of Nerve Tissue in Frogs

Researchers at The Rockefeller University have discovered that a protein known to be involved in the early development of embryos indirectly leads to the formation of nerve tissue in frogs. The findings, reported in the March 22 issue of Nature, may have applications in such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. More »

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