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Differentiation describes the process in the development from more general cell types into higher specialized cell types.

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Why do stem cells injected into muscle become muscle cells?

In this article published in Science Daily, researchers injected teratoma-derived stem cells into mice with muscular dystrophy, and the stem cells regenerated 80% of the lost muscle. But what is the ...
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What is the relationship between induction of cell differentiation and DNA methylation status?

This may sound like a broad question to ask, but I am working on interpreting a review article for my epigenetics course and I'm having trouble reconciling two seemingly contradictory things this ...
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Homework: Diffrentiate between 2 toads

How to differentiate between 2 toads one of them result of artificial parthenogenesis and the other from renucleation? I answered that the toad resulting from artificial parthenogensis is identical ...
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B Cell Differentiation

During the differentiation of B cells in bone marrow, recombination occurs in light chain and heavy chain genes to produce a single type of functional gene which determines the type of light chain and ...
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How do cells become differentiated using epigenetics despite having the same genome?

How is epigenetics used in the differentiation of cells and is this the only thing that is used? I've seen that transcription factors play a role but are these simply proteins that initially write the ...
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What's the difference in roles of GATA-2 and BMI-1 in guiding Hematopietic cells?

I've discovered that hematopoietic cells become lineage-positive (Lin+) and go down the path of becoming lymphoblasts and myeloblasts, and that both BMI-1 and GATA-2 are transcription factors that ...
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In (human) zygote cell differentiation, do we know how the cells coordinating the process know their current position? [closed]

I've seen this question asked in a mature person -- e.g. lip cells will create more lip cells -- but how about in the developing zygote. I've seen neighboring cells help determine the type of the ...
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How does the cell cycle affect stem cell fate?

I keep reading about the stages of the cell cycle affecting stem cell fate, however I do not understand how. After all, any cell will have to pass through the whole of the cell cycle, and go through ...
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In Vitro Meat Initial Production

I've gotten interested in the science behind in vitro meat, and I was wondering what would be necessary to create it. Would you initially need a primary culture, or an immortalized cell line? And how ...
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What's the difference between proliferation and diffusion when talking about changes in tumor density?

Cell proliferation and cell diffusion seem to be important quantities to estimate when trying to understand or measure tumor growth, but I don't really understand a) the difference between them or b) ...
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Spermatogenesis in humans - timing of phases and chromatin modifications

I'm interested in the timing of events during human spermatogenesis, ideally with some references I can build off of. Specifically, I am trying to pin down the number of days for: Spermatogenesis, ...
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differentially expressed genes of the treated with estradiol samples

I did differential analysis on samples treated (G1E-ER4) with estradiol (differentiation induced by estradiol) and control (G1E). The genes that I gor as differentially expressed in G1E-ER4 showed ...
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cell specialisation and their location

When we create new cells, how come they are of the 'right' type at the 'right' place? For example, when I make a new cell on my lips, it's obviously not the same as a new one in my kidneys. Is the ...
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Cell-type specific methylation profiles: original reference finding?

This is a general question, and a specific question. I'm looking for the original reference that first talked about how DNA methylation profiles are cell-type specific. This is specific, because I ...
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Bacterial Cell Problem

A microbiologist has discovered what she thinks are two new types of algae. The first cell (Organism 1) appears cubic and is approximately 1.5 μm long, 1.5 μm wide and 1.5 μm deep. The second (...
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DIfference between diversification and differentiation

In Adaptive dynamic : what is the difference between Ecological Differentiation and Ecological Divergence ?
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Where can I find a full genealogy of human cell types?

It is said on Wikipedia, that the precursor of blastocyst is a morula, and that the precursor of morula is a zygote. This gives us the part of genealogy tree of cell types. Unfortunately, no full ...