Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Worm Regenerates a Whole New Body From a Single Cell.

One cell is all it takes to rebuild a complete, functioning flatworm, researchers have learned.

The animals possess a special type of cell throughout their bodies, which shares some qualities with human embryonic stem cells.

If scientists can find out how this special cell works, they could someday study ways to use the cells for human tissue regeneration

The findings are the first time pluripotent stem cells have been found in an adult animal.

Worm Regenerates a Whole New Body From a Single Cell | Popular Science

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