Polar-opposite fates

August 12th, 2019 by Helena R. Ma

Nature Chemical Biology, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41589-019-0337-z

Asymmetric cell division, which generates daughter cells with distinct characteristics, is a mechanism for creating complex systems through cellular differentiation. Two studies in this issue develop synthetic platforms that program spatial localization of genetic material or signaling molecules to enable asymmetric cell division in Escherichia coli.