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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 4 May 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 18, p. nf34
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.18.nf34]

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Good as New

Researchers uncover genetic instructions for remaking worm body

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2005/18/nf34

Abstract: Weary office workers who long for a "regenerating vacation" envision a spa weekend, not a summary beheading. But that rough treatment works wonders for flatworms, spurring each fragment to grow into a new animal. For the first time, researchers have analyzed large numbers of flatworm genes to pinpoint ones that confer this ability. The work could provide hints about how our tissues manage renovations.

Citation: M. Leslie, Good as New. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (18), nf34 (2005).

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