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Planet Earth

The Remarkable Variety of Cloned Stem Cells

By Ernie MastroianniAugust 8, 2017 5:00 PM
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(Credit: The Allen Institute for Cell Science)


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Among these 100 stem cells, no two have the same shape — yet all are clones. This composite was made using images from the recently launched Allen Cell Explorer, an online portal that lets researchers view the 3-D structures of different cell types, gleaned from more than 1.2 million photographs. “Being able to image cells in 3-D, model cells in 3-D and analyze cells in 3-D is really critical to truly, deeply understanding how cells work,” says Graham Johnson, director of the Animated Cell project at the Allen Institute of Cell Science, in a video about the tool.

[This caption originally appeared in print as "Variety Among Clones."]

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