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Curr Biol. 2001 Jun 26;11(12):R484-6.

Stem cells: so what's in a niche?

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Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University Medical School, Beckman Center B-373, 279 Campus Drive, Stanford, California 94305, USA.


Much effort is being invested in defining the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that control stem cell maintenance and proliferation. Recent studies have identified a signaling hierarchy involved in coordinating the proliferation of germ line and somatic stem cells in the Drosophila ovary.

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