New clues from fruit flies about the critical role of sex hormones in stem cell control

ScienceDaily | Jul 9, 2020 at 8:16 PM
  • The Edgar and Teleman teams found that ecdysone, a sex-specific hormone, can drastically alter the growth properties of stem cells in an organ that, remarkably, is not directly involved in reproduction.
  • Ahmed designed experiments utilizing various genetic tools to switch genes on and off in different cell types in the fly’s intestine and in its ovaries.
  • This study was supported by the National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute P30 CA01420114, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences R01 124434, the European Research Council AdG268515, DKFZ, and Huntsman Cancer Foundation.