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New Study Helps Us Better Understand How Life Forms Come About The Way They Do

Dr. Jun Ma of Cincinnati Children’s is working with colleagues to understand one of the most intriguing questions in animal development – scaling – or the proportionality of body parts.

In a new paper published in Nature Communications, Dr. Ma and colleagues study fruit flies using a model called Tissue Expansion-Modulated Maternal Morphogen Scaling (TEMS). They want to develop a unified, system-level view for understanding, quantifying and predicting how life forms come about the way they do.

Visit for details on the research process and results.

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