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Cellular diversity heals

Cells in embryonic tissues generate coordinated forces to close small wounds rapidly without scarring. New research shows that large cell-to-cell variations in these forces are a key system feature that surprisingly speeds up wound healing.

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Fig. 1: Feedback mechanisms that both use and regulate actin, myosin and tension heterogeneity to help close epithelial wounds quickly.

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Hutson, M.S. Cellular diversity heals. Nature Phys 14, 639–641 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0192-y

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