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Genomics' next top model

Studying flatworm Macrostomum lignano

Flatworms have a trick up their sleeve. If a part of this worm is cut off, it will grow back in 20 days. If only human beings could do the same...

Why do some organisms regenerate well and others don’t? That's one of the leading questions for Eugene Berezikov and his group at Hubrecht Institute. To get closer to the answers they use Macrostomum lignano flatworm as a model for stem cell and regeneration research.