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As multicellular creatures go, planaria worms are hardly glamorous.
Researchers demonstrated for the first time that S. mansoni harbors adult, non-sexual stem cells that can migrate to various parts of its body and replenish tissues.
How animals repair their internal organs after injury is not well understood. Planarian flatworms are useful models for studying this question.
The skin, the blood, and the lining of the gut—adult stem cells replenish them daily.
Planarian flatworms have come under intense study for their renowned ability to regenerate any missing body part, even as adults.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have discovered that planarians, tiny flatworms fabled for their regenerative powers, completely lack centrosomes, cellular structures that organize the network of microtubules that pulls chromosomes apart during cell division.
Flatworms provide new insight into organ regeneration and the evolution of mammalian kidneys.
Researchers of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) at the Max DelbrÃ¼ck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch have gained new insights into planarian flatworms, which are an attractive model for stem cell biology and regeneration.
Most people don't think worms are cool.
Ever since animals, such as lizards and starfish, were observed regenerating missing body parts, people have wondered where the new tissues come from.