Event timing at the single-cell level

Evgeny Yurkovsky, Iftach Nachman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The timing of a cellular event often hides critical information on the process leading to the event. Our ability to measure event times in single cells along with other quantities allow us to learn about the drivers of the timed process and its downstream effects. In this review, we cover different types of events that have been timed in single cells, methods to time such events and types of analysis that have been applied to event timings.We show how different timing distributions suggest different natures for the process. The statistical relations between the timing of different events may reveal how their respective processes are related biologically: Do they occur in sequence or in parallel? Are they independent or inter-dependent? Finally, quantifying morphological and molecular variables may help assess their contribution to the timing of an event and its related process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalBriefings in Functional Genomics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Event timing
  • Live cell imaging
  • Quantitative biology
  • Single cells
  • Systems biology


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