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Mechanics in the embryo

Mechanical stresses that are intrinsic to the early shape-forming movements of embryonic tissues have now been shown to play essential and evolutionarily conserved parts in cell-fate specification.

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Figure 1: Stretched embryos make mesoderm.

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Piccolo, S. Mechanics in the embryo. Nature 504, 223–225 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/504223a

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