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The safety catch in skin development

Written by Tristan Free (Digital Editor)

Polycomb complexes for skin development

Two Polycomb complexes have been found to act together to control the development of skin and can cover for each other if one complex is damaged. A recent study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NY, USA) has established that a pair of Polycomb complexes are essential to skin growth, with each complex backing up the other were it to fail. This finding could have dramatic implications for the development of lab-grown skin grafts for burns patients or to create more realistic skin models to study disease. The two Polycomb complexes that took center...

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