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Phase Transition in a Cell

This perspective provides information from recent studies on cell division. Most eukaryotic cells divide into equal halves, but cell division can be asymmetric when the two daughter cells acquire different cell fate determinants by unequal segregation of RNAs, proteins, and/or organelles. Asymmetric division controls cell diversification required for embryonic development or the homeostasis of adult tissues, and in some animals, such as the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, it can occur as early as the one-cell stage fertilized egg (zygote). Brangwynne et al. report an unsual strategy for polarizing the cytoplasm in the one-cell stage C. elegans embryo.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Illustration, Review
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education

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Authors and Editors: Loïc Le Goff of IBDML, Université de la Méditerranée, Thomas Lecuit of Université de la Méditerranée
Publisher: SCIENCE
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