2018 Breakthrough of the year: development cell by cell
Biologists have long been transfixed by the mystery of how a single cell develops into an adult animal with multiple organs and billions of cells. Now, a combination of technologies is revealing when genes in individual cells switch on during development, cueing the cells to play their specialized parts. The result is the ability to track the development of organisms and organs in stunning detail, cell-by-cell and through time.
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