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Team ‘hacks’ embryo to switch cells’ jobs [video]


Breaking a biological signaling system in an embryo allows scientists to change a cell’s destiny. The findings could lead to new ways of making replacement organs.

“We found that we could break the signal in such a way that cells would follow their usual destinies, but were somehow less committed to doing so: We could convince them to change professions long after they would normally refuse to do so,” says UC Santa Barbara biologist Joel Rothman.

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