Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado (Stowers Institute) Part 2: Principles of Planarian Regeneration
Planarians have attracted the attention of generations of biologists. It is not hard to see why: cut a worm into two fragments and each fragment regenerates a complete organism. Cut it into 8 fragments and each individual fragment will go on to regenerate a complete animal. In this second part of the lecture, I will briefly review the rich history of planarian research, followed by a summary of the central principles of planarian regeneration that have been derived from this extensive, often fascinating body of experimental work.
Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado moved from the University of Utah to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2011.