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A seldom-studied gene known as notum plays a key role in the planarian's regeneration decision-making process.
A study of peptide hormones in the brain of a seemingly primitive flatworm reveals the surprising complexity of its nervous system and opens up a new approach for combating a major parasitic disease, researchers report.
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered the gene that enables an extraordinary worm to regenerate its own body parts after amputation â€” including a whole head and brain.
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.
Planarian flatworms are only a few millimeters up to a few centimeters in length, live in freshwater and are the object of intense research, because they possess the extraordinary ability to regenerate lost tissue with the help of their stem cells
A U.S. study shows a key genetic pathway for cell growth and division is similar in both humans and flatworms, or planarians. Planarians, normally living in freshwater, are known for their ability to regenerate. A planarian cut into 200 pieces can generate 200 new individuals.
Key genetic pathways for cell growth and division are similar in both humans and the invertebrate master of regeneration -- the planarian.