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What would a large blob of totipotent cells look like?

What would a large blob of totipotent cells look like?
Linden from Kent (Aged 15-25)

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  1. Totipotent cells are stem cells that have the potential to become lots of different types of cell such as muscle, nerve or skin cells. I think a large blob of totipotent cells would look like a large blob of cells!
    Now – one of the things that influences the way that tissues form during embryological development is through molecular and electrical conversations they have with the cells sitting next to them. So if even one of the cells in your blob of totipotent cells began to dish out instructions to its neighbours then the blob would start to develop into something with more structure.
    There is a special sort of tumour called a teratoma that pathologists and scientists are interested in because you can learn a lot about the way developing cells influence each other by watching what happens when things go wrong.

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