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Planarians to Parasitism: Evolution, Development and Stem Cells in Flatworms

Historically, there has been a gap between the research conducted on parasitic and free-living flatworms due to the separate communities that work on them. This series aims to bridge this gap and bring diverse aspects of flatworm research together in one place. Recent availability of whole genome data and the ability to develop 'new model' organisms quickly, has provided a common language by which the groups may be more readily compared despite the great differences in their life histories and ecologies. More specifically, the themed series aims to emphasize three key topics in contemporary flatworm research: the 'neoblast' stem cell system, developmental and signaling pathways, and genome evolution. Wherever possible, authors are encouraged to provide insight into these and related topics using a comparative approach.

Dr Peter Olson

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  1. Review

    Put a tiger in your tank: the polyclad flatworm Maritigrella crozieri as a proposed model for evo-devo

    Polyclad flatworms are an early branching clade within the rhabditophoran Platyhelminthes. They provide an interesting system with which to explore the evolution of development within Platyhelminthes and among...

    François Lapraz, Kate A Rawlinson, Johannes Girstmair, Bartłomiej Tomiczek, Jürgen Berger, Gáspár Jékely, Maximilian J Telford and Bernhard Egger

    EvoDevo 2013 4:29

    Published on: 9 October 2013