Study reveals stem cells in a human parasite

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Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Phillip Newmark, postdoctoral researcher Jim Collins, and their colleagues discovered that the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni harbors adult, non-sexual stem cells that can migrate to various parts of its body and replenish tissues. Their report appears in the journal Nature.

Carl Zimmer summarizes the findings in National Geographic.
Diana Yates gives a full report at the University News Bureau.
The full article "Adult somatic stem cells in the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni" appears in Nature.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute reports on the findings.

Posted March 05, 2013.