Germ cell development and regeneration in planarians: implications for understanding parasitic flatworms
- 11/29/2012 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- Location: Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020
- Event Type: Seminar
Phil Newmark, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Our model for studying the molecular mechanisms underlying metazoan regeneration is the planarian flatworm, a subject of classic regeneration experiments. The choice of planarians as a system to study the problem of regeneration was based upon: their remarkable developmental plasticity; the rapidity of their regenerative response; the ease with which they can be cultured in the laboratory; and the stem cell population that gives rise to their regenerative abilities. The development of functional genomic tools for studying the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea has revitalized studies of these fascinating organisms and permits detailed analyses of the mechanisms underlying regeneration.