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New Imaging Method Sheds Light on Cell Growth
August 25, 2011
University of Illinois researchers developed a new imaging method that can measure cell mass using two beams of light, offering new insight into the much-debated problem of whether cells grow at a constant rate or exponentially. They found that mammalian cells show clear exponential growth only during the G2 phase of the cell cycle. This information has great implications not only for basic biology, but also for diagnostics, drug development and tissue engineering.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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