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The intestinal–crypt casino

Stem cells can renew themselves indefinitely — a feature that is often attributed to asymmetrical cell division. Fresh experimental and mathematical models of the intestine provide evidence that begs to differ.

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Figure 1: Intestinal stem cells and their renewal.


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Verzi, M., Shivdasani, R. The intestinal–crypt casino. Nature 467, 1055–1056 (2010).

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