How Flatworms Re-Grow Their Own Heads: Scientists Finally Identify The Potential ‘Grail’ Of Regenerative Medicine

The species of simple animal known as Planaria has acted as a model organism in the disciplines of tissue regeneration science for quite a while now.

This is because planarians – also known as flatworms – have exhibited an almost magical ability to grow back various parts of their body, in response to injury or irradiation. This phenomenon even extends to a flatworm replacing its own head (or head-analog, really), if necessary.

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