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Exploring intermediate cell states through the lens of single cells.

  • Author(s): MacLean, Adam L
  • Hong, Tian
  • Nie, Qing
  • et al.

As our catalog of cell states expands, appropriate characterization of these states and the transitions between them is crucial. Here we discuss the roles of intermediate cell states (ICSs) in this growing collection. We begin with definitions and discuss evidence for the existence of ICSs and their relevance in various tissues. We then provide a list of possible functions for ICSs with examples. Finally, we describe means by which ICSs and their functional roles can be identified from single-cell data or predicted from models.

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