Little is known about how blood begins to flow during development. A new study shows that release of primitive blood cells in the zebrafish embryo is synchronized and mediated by a metalloprotease.
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The Zon laboratory aims to dissect how assaults to the hematopoietic system cause severe diseases such as leukemias, lymphomas, and anemias. They investigate hematopoietic development and disease using chemical screens, genetic screens, and analysis of novel transgenic lines in zebrafish.

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