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Blood Vessels Trigger Development Of The Pancreas

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September 28, 2001
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Scientists have known that developing organs communicate with blood vessels via chemical signals to ensure that they receive the proper blood supply to sustain growth. Now, researchers have discovered that blood vessels themselves can send signals to the pancreas that trigger its development. The finding provides the first glimpse of a new type of biochemical signaling pathway that may prevent the pancreas, and possibly other organs, from developing until a blood-supply pipeline is in place.

Scientists have known that developing organs communicate with blood vessels via chemical signals to ensure that they receive the proper blood supply to sustain growth. Now, researchers have discovered that blood vessels themselves can send signals to the pancreas that trigger its development. The finding provides the first glimpse of a new type of biochemical signaling pathway that may prevent the pancreas, and possibly other organs, from developing until a blood-supply pipeline is in place.


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