Immortality and the base of multicellular life: Lessons from cnidarian stem cells.

@article{Watanabe2009ImmortalityAT,
  title={Immortality and the base of multicellular life: Lessons from cnidarian stem cells.},
  author={Hiroshi Watanabe and Van Thanh Hoang and Robert Maettner and Thomas Holstein},
  journal={Seminars in cell & developmental biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 9},
  pages={1114-25}
}
Cnidarians are phylogenetically basal members of the animal kingdom (>600 million years old). Together with plants they share some remarkable features that cannot be found in higher animals. Cnidarians and plants exhibit an almost unlimited regeneration capacity and immortality. Immortality can be ascribed to the asexual mode of reproduction that requires cells with an unlimited self-renewal capacity. We propose that the basic properties of animal stem cells are tightly linked to this archaic… CONTINUE READING

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The cnidarian stem cells can give rise to a number of differentiated cell types including neuronal and germ cells .
The cnidarian stem cells can give rise to a number of differentiated cell types including neuronal and germ cells .
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