Chemical Ablation of Stem Cells

Renata Foerstel Biology

Ryan King Associate Professor of Biology

Presentation Time: April 28, 3:30pm – 4pm

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Planarians are an amazing model system for studying regeneration due to their large population of stem cells. A critical technique in studying stem cell dynamics is to eliminate stem cells through exposure to gamma or X-ray radiation. These techniques require expensive equipment. The goal of this project was to develop a cheap alternative to kill stem cells by using the cell cycle inhibitor hydroxyurea.

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