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University of Basel

21 December 2018

«Breakthrough of the Year 2018» for Alex Schier

Zebrafish embryo at an early stage of development. Gene expression determines cell fate. Jeffrey Farrell (Schier lab)
Zebrafish embryo at an early stage of development. Gene expression determines cell fate. Image: Jeffrey Farrell (Schier lab)

Publications of Prof. Alex Schier from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and Harvard University were named "Breakthrough of the Year 2018" by the magazine “Science”. In their studies, his research team was able to reconstruct the developmental trajectories of individual embryonic cells for the first time.

The team led by Alex Schier, Director of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and Professor at Harvard University, showed in publications in Science and Nature Biotechnology how single embryonic cells develop into a heart, nerve or blood cell. These studies have now been selected by Science Magazine as the Breakthrough of the Year 2018. Schier’s studies were selected together with additional studies of cellular development. In addition, the readership of Science selected these studies for the “People’s Choice Breakthrough of the Year 2018”.

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