To study how external signaling factors and internal regulatory networks affect embryonic stem cell renewal in mice, scientists at Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing looked at how SMAD-mediated BMP signaling "balances self-renewal versus differentiation" in Genome Research this week.

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