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Divide and define: Clues to understanding how stem cells produce different kinds of cells

Divide and define: Clues to understanding how stem cells produce different kinds of cells | Biology | Scoop.it
The human body contains trillions of cells, all derived from a single cell, or zygote, made by the fusion of an egg and a sperm.

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Jacob Blumenthal's curator insight, May 5, 2013 3:57 PM

"Researchers at the University of Michigan have found the first direct evidence that cells can distinguish between seemingly identical copies of chromosomes during stem cell division, pointing to the possibility that distinct information on the chromosome copies might underlie the diversification of cell types".

A link to the abstract: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12106.html


Jayden Darke's comment, May 6, 2013 10:20 PM
This article is important to read as it briefly explains the characteristics of different types of cells and how cells divide. It also talks about how stem cells can distinguish between two identical copies of chromosomes and distribute them to the daughter cells in a process called nonrandom chromosome segregation.
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Researchers explore biological processes of stem cell division - News-Medical.net

Researchers explore biological processes of stem cell division - News-Medical.net | Biology | Scoop.it
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Researchers explore biological processes of stem cell division
News-Medical.net
The human body contains trillions of cells, all derived from a single cell, or zygote, made by the fusion of an egg and a sperm.
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Jayden Darke's comment, May 6, 2013 10:20 PM
Question 1: What is a stem cell and why is it important?
Jayden Darke's comment, May 6, 2013 10:22 PM
Question 2: What is the importance of cell division?