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We always knew flatworms were weird, now one more bit of knowledge as to why... This could be real useful down the line.

Gene That Allows Worms to Grow New Head and Brain Discovered

ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2010) — Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered the gene that enables an extraordinary worm to regenerate its own body parts after amputation -- including a whole head and brain.

Their research into the Planarian worm is another piece in the scientific jigsaw that could one day make the regeneration of old or damaged human organs and tissues a real possibility.

As usual, whole article behind the link.

Alas, while I can get onto the net for awhile, sitting up and typing doesn't seem to be something I can keep up for long, accordingly more commentary another time.


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Apr. 27th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
I remember enjoying Madeleine L'Engle's _The Arm of the Starfish_ as a young 'un.

Now someone can do _The Head of the Flatworm_.

(And it's good to see you posting!)
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