Erythropoiesis is the process by which red blood cells (erythrocytes) are produced. During human foetal development, erythropoiesis first occurs in the yolk sac, then in the foetal liver and then, in the third trimester and after birth, in the bone marrow.


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    Lineage bias among early hematopoietic progenitor cells is specified by transcription-factor programming, and lineage switching reduces the quantity of cells produced.

    • Alberto Yáñez
    • , Helen S Goodridge
    •  & H Leighton Grimes
    Nature Immunology 18, 872–873
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    Two complementary approaches for directing human hematopoietic stem cells along the T cell lineage will have applications in both fundamental and translational research.

    • Anne-Catherine Dolens
    •  & Tom Taghon
    Nature Methods 14, 477–478
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    Determining the differentiation potential of stem and progenitor cells is essential for understanding their function, yet our ability to do so is limited by the restrictions of experimental assays. Based on single-cell functional and molecular profiling experiments, a new computational approach shows how lineage commitment may occur in human haematopoiesis.

    • Fiona K. Hamey
    •  & Berthold Göttgens
    Nature Cell Biology 19, 261–263
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    Delineating the behaviour of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in vivo has thus far proven challenging. Two studies in zebrafish and mouse models now track HSCs in vivo using fate mapping with multicolour approaches to provide further insights into clonal events that regulate blood development, HSC function and differentiation during homeostasis and stress conditions.

    • Trista E. North
    •  & Wolfram Goessling