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Cell. 2015 Apr 9;161(2):195-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.03.039.

A collective path toward regeneration.

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1
Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, the Netherlands; Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, the Netherlands.
2
Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, the Netherlands; Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, the Netherlands. Electronic address: h.youk@tudelft.nl.

Abstract

How do cells collectively control an organ's behavior? By plucking various numbers of hairs from the mouse skin, Chen et al. show that hairs regenerate only when a sufficiently high density of them are plucked. Remarkably, a hair follicle can only regenerate in concert with other follicles, but not autonomously.

PMID:
25860601
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2015.03.039
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