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On the Origin of Cells

Department of Urology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 303 E. Chicago Ave., 16-703 Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Developmental Biology Program, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, USA
J. Dev. Biol. 2015, 3(3), 90-92;
Received: 18 September 2015 / Accepted: 22 September 2015 / Published: 23 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cell Fate Decisions in Development and Disease)
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While non-blood cell lineage has been studied for decades by developmental biologists, only recently has it been considered in disease. This is partly due to a lack of suitable reagents in experimental models, but it is also the result of a failure to understand the ability of cells to move or differentiate in pathological environments. This Editorial gives a quick overview of the Special Issue “Cell Fate Decisions in Development and Disease” and underscores the importance of understanding the mechanisms of cell fate determination and lineage. View Full-Text
Keywords: cell fate; cell lineage; stem cells; fibrosis cell fate; cell lineage; stem cells; fibrosis
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Dettman, R.W. On the Origin of Cells. J. Dev. Biol. 2015, 3, 90-92.

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