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  • Light can trigger key signaling pathway for embryonic development, cancer

    An artist's rendering of Wnt proteins in a cell membrane

    Illinois researchers developed a method that makes membrane-bound receptors reactive to light, triggering the Wnt pathway, important in embryonic development and cancer.

    Image courtesy of Kai Zhang


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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Kai Zhang, email To reach Jing Yang, email

    The paper “Optogenetic control of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway during Xenopus laevis embryonic development” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2021.167050