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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. It is believed that in tapeworms a separate population of undifferentiated cells, the germinative cells, is the only source of cell proliferation throughout the life cycle (similar to the neoblasts of free liv...

    Authors: Uriel Koziol, Theresa Rauschendorfer, Luis Zanon Rodríguez, Georg Krohne and Klaus Brehm
    Citation: EvoDevo 2014 5:10
  2. 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...

    Authors: François Lapraz, Kate A Rawlinson, Johannes Girstmair, Bartłomiej Tomiczek, Jürgen Berger, Gáspár Jékely, Maximilian J Telford and Bernhard Egger
    Citation: EvoDevo 2013 4:29