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News Release 18-036

NSF-Simons centers to search for the Rules of Life

New, $10 million centers bridge biology and mathematics to uncover how genetic codes spawn complex life

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close up of fruit fly eye

Structural complexity emerges during the development of a fruit flys eye. The fruit fly, or Drosophila, is one of the organisms that the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University will study.

Credit: Northwestern University


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close up of mouse ear skin

The skin of a mouses ear. Stem cells are marked in green and a dividing population of stem cell progeny are marked in red.

Credit: Maksim Plikus, UCI


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close-up image of cells

Gene expression and cell decisions guide stem cells (green) into differentiated cells (red). Researchers at Georgia Tech are studying how basic stem cells become specific cells in the body based on which genes are expressed and other cellular decisions.

Credit: Georgia Tech / Melissa Kemp


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