University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lesson 7: What does planarian regeneration tell us about human regeneration?

This lesson is part of the unit:

Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students use what they have learned throughout the unit, including their models of cell division, to explain the importance of studying planarians and how it can help scientists understand human diseases and biological processes.  Students are presented with a scenario, where a family member has read an article in the local newspaper about the discovery of several genes in the planarian that control the migration and division of stem cells.  This begins a conversation where the student explains to the family member why this discovery is important and what implications it has for human stem cell research.

Materials last updated:

Jan 11, 2016

Lesson materials:

Please create an account or log in to access our free materials.