The idea that cells adhere to one another in a specific manner, such that cells of one type stick only to cells of the same type, appears to have had its origin from the work of Wilson (1907). He found that when cell suspensions from two species of marine sponge were mixed and allowed to aggregate, each individual aggregate body was composed of cells of one species alone. This conclusion has been supported by the results obtained by Humphreys (1963) amongst others, though some workers, who have used different species of sponge, have failed to detect signs of specific adhesion of the cells (Sara, Liaci & Melone, 1966). Until recently there has been little evidence in favour or against the idea that specific adhesion occurs between the cells of higher animals.
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Journal Article| 01 February 1970
On the occurrence of specific adhesion between cells
Department of Cell Biology, University of Glasgow
1Author's address: Department of Cell Biology, The University, Glasgow, W2.
Received: 21 Apr 1969
Online Issn: 1477-9129
Print Issn: 0950-1991
Copyright © 1970 by Company of Biologists
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A. S. G. Curtis; On the occurrence of specific adhesion between cells. Development 1 February 1970; 23 (1): 253–272. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/dev.23.1.253
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