Epithelial tissues cover organ surfaces throughout our body and fulfill crucial functions such as protection, secretion and absorption. Epithelia gives rise to the branching surface of lungs, convoluted villi of the gut or the continuous protective layer of our skin. The most frequent types of human cancers arise in epithelial tissues. To better understand the biology of these tissues, we investigate the proliferation, morphogenesis and regeneration of epithelia using the Drosophila model system.
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