Journal article

Maps of variability in cell lineage trees

Damien Hicks, Terence Speed, Mohammed Yassin, Sarah Russell

Public Library of Science (PLoS) | Published : 2018


New approaches to lineage tracking allow the study of cell differentiation over many generations of cells during development in multicellular organisms. Understanding the variability observed in these lineage trees requires new statistical methods. Whereas invariant cell lineages, such as that for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans , can be described using a lineage map, defined as the fixed pattern of phenotypes overlaid onto the binary tree structure, the variability of cell lineages from higher organisms makes it impossible to draw a single lineage map. Here, we introduce lineage variability maps which describe the pattern of second-order variation throughout the lineage tree. These maps..

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