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Members of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) ligand family play a critical role in mesoderm formation in the frog Xenopus laevis. While many components of the signaling cascade triggered by FGF receptor activation have been identified, links between these intracellular factors and the receptor itself have been difficult to establish. We report here the(More)
Models employing gradients of diffusible morphogens are often invoked to explain regional specification in the early embryo. In these models, a concentration gradient of a secreted factor generates distinct cell fates, based on the differential response of cells to local concentrations of this morphogen. In recent years, there has been a great deal of focus(More)
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