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Whitehead Institute: Committed to Reproduction

Nov 21, 2019 - Targeted News Service

The Whitehead Institute issued the following news:

Early in mammalian embryonic development, long before the organism's ultimate form has taken shape, a precious subset of its cells are set aside for future use in creating offspring. This task bestows on that subset of cells a special kind of immortality. While the majority of the embryo's cells go on to construct the growing body, and their journey begins and ends in that body, the cells that are set aside, called primordial germ cells (P...