Embryo cells not like peas in a pod

 作者:麦愿噼     |      日期:2019-03-02 05:18:04
By Claire Ainsworth IN A mammalian embryo, all cells are equal – or so biologists believed. But a series of studies suggest that the fate of individual cells might be determined much sooner after conception than previously thought. In some non-mammals, such as fruit flies, there are different concentrations of certain molecules in different parts of the egg. When the egg cell divides, the “daughter” cells use this as a kind of grid reference to work out where in the egg cell they have come from and what they should become. This pattern is inflexible: