Feather on the Cap of Medicine.

Journal: 
J Invest Dermatol
Publication Year: 
2015
Authors: 
Cathleen Tsz Ka Chiu
Cheng Ming Chuong
PubMed link: 
26066892
Public Summary: 
Through cyclic regeneration, feather stem cells are molded into different shapes under different physiological states. With its distinct morphology, context-dependent growth, and experimental manipulability, the feather provides a rich model to study growth control, regeneration, and morphogenesis in vivo. Recent examples include novel insights revealed by transient perturbation with chemotherapeutic reagents and irradiation during feather growth.
Scientific Abstract: 
Through cyclic regeneration, feather stem cells are molded into different shapes under different physiological states. With its distinct morphology, context-dependent growth, and experimental manipulability, the feather provides a rich model to study growth control, regeneration, and morphogenesis in vivo. Recent examples include novel insights revealed by transient perturbation with chemotherapeutic reagents and irradiation during feather growth.