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Keeping moving—flat worms shed light on role of migrating stem cells in cancer

Oct 03,2017

Cell & Microbiology

University of Oxford


A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has used flat worms to look at the role of migrating stem cells in cancer.
Researchers from the Aboobaker lab in the Department of Zoology have taken advantage of the species of worm which is full of stem cells. The worms, also known as planarians, are known for their ability to regenerate all their tissues and organs repeatedly. This process requires the activity of their stem cells that constantly divide to make all the new cells.