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Immortal Flatworms Defy Age

by PhysOrg staff

The discovery, published in the , may shed light on the possibilities of alleviating ageing and age-related characteristics in .

Planarian worms have amazed scientists with their apparently limitless ability to regenerate. Researchers have been studying their ability to replace aged or damaged tissues and cells in a bid to understand the mechanisms underlying their .

Dr Aziz Aboobaker from the University’s School of Biology, said: “We’ve been studying two types of planarian worms; those that reproduce sexually, like us, and those that reproduce asexually, simply dividing in two. Both appear to regenerate indefinitely by growing new muscles, skin, guts and even entire brains over and over again…

(read more: PhysOrg)     (image: Eduard Sola | Wikipedia)

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Provided by University of Nottingham (news : web)

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