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Press Release 06-112

Flatworms at Forefront of Regeneration Research

Scientists identify gene required for flatworms to maintain their stem cells

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Researchers recently identified a key gene that maintains stem cells in planaria.

Freshwater flatworms, called planaria, possess extraordinary regenerative capabilities by virtue of a population of stem cells they maintain throughout their lives. Researchers recently identified a key gene that maintains planarian stem cells.

Credit: Ricardo Zayas and Phillip Newmark, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign