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Yeast aging goes high tech

June 7, 2012

Tracking aging in individual yeast cells has been technically challenging using the traditional techniques of micromanipulation. 

Now Center investigator Hao Li and colleagues have developed a new microfluidic system to follow individual mother cells throughout their lifespan. This technique provides a systems view of aging in the same individual cell over time, thus shedding light on the molecular mechanisms of aging. You can access the paper by Xie et al. here, and read the News and Views highlight in Nature.