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International research team seeks to unravel flatworm regeneration

...ll 30 percent of the cells of this species consists of stem cells, making it a unique model system to investigate the function of stem cells. Many planaria genes resemble those of humans, and also many genes specifically linked to planarian stem cell biology and regeneration are conserved in humans. Under...

Whitehead member Peter Reddien named HHMI Early Career Scientist

...tive and creative science, and I am honored to have the future work of my laboratory supported by HHMI." Reddien, who investigates regeneration in planaria flatworms, was selected from a pool of more than 2,000 applicants to become one of HHMI's first 50 Early Career Scientists. "I'm delighted that H...

Flatworm helps researchers study stem cells and cancer

...h and the Forsyth Institute at Harvard report that planaria contain a gene highly similar to the human gene PT... cancer. They found that PTEN was present in many planaria cell types, including stem cells. Additionally, d...f PTEN has been strongly conserved in evolution as planaria PTEN is likewise critical to cell proliferation. ...

New understanding of regeneration gained by Forsyth scientists

..., and for developing novel biomedical approaches. planaria have powerful regeneration capability that makes t...opt radically different fates, as is the case with planaria where the cells have to decide whether to build a ...mine the impact on regeneration. As a result, the planaria often grew back two heads rather than a head and t...

Regenerating worms help elucidate stem cell biology

...ists know, is dependent on stem cells in the adult planaria known as neoblasts. Like all stem cells, neoblasts...oo soon to know how similar these mechanism are in planaria neoblasts and other organisms' stem cells. "But at...ion of their neoblasts, Sánchez Alvarado considers planaria an excellent model to tease out the intricacies of...
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