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Neurons talk to muscle cells in tiny test-tube intestine

January 6 2017

News story: “[R]esearchers transformed skin cells into hollow blobs of intestinal tissue — complete with smooth muscle cells that contract, a type of epithelial cell that absorbs nutrients, cells that secrete mucus and neurons that fire.”

 

Tissue tiers: Intestinal organoids have layered folds like those in the human gut.