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Devising a novel method to identify potential genetic regulators in planarian stem cells, Whitehead Institute scientists have determined which of those genes affect the two main functions of stem cells.
Most people don't think worms are cool.
A seldom-studied gene known as notum plays a key role in the planarian's regeneration decision-making process.
A single adult cell from one of the most impressive masters of regeneration in the animal kingdom â€“ the planarian â€“ is all it takes to build a completely functional new worm, researchers have learned.
Amputations trigger a molecular response that determines if a head or tail will be regrown in planaria, a flatworm commonly studied for its regenerative capabilities.
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