On the trail of self-healing processes: Bayreuth biochemists reveal insights into extraordinary regenerative ability

Planarians are flatworms with the extraordinary ability to restore wounded or missing parts of their body. It has long been known that a particular group of proteins – known as PIWI proteins – are essential for this ability to regenerate. A team of researchers at the University of Bayreuth led by biochemist Dr. Claus Kuhn now reveals insights into the mode of action of these proteins in more detail. In the journal „Genes & Development“, the scientists present their research results, which promise to advance the molecular understanding of regeneration processes.

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