The circuitous path to adulthood

Micrographs of worms with precocious LIN-29 accumulation, which causes inappropriately early skin progenitor cell fusion.Image: FMI Basel

FMI News Article
Genes that time the transition to adulthood are well-studied in the roundworm C. elegans, and at least partially conserved in mammals, where they regulate the onset of puberty. Juvenile worms turn into adults when a protein called LIN-29 accumulates in sufficient amounts. By studying two variants of LIN-29, the group of Helge Grosshans reveals that temporal coordination of events during the transition to adulthood involves a branched pathway rather than a linear chain of events.

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