BIOL 113. Stem Cells in Development and Regeneration

Animals begin life as a naive set of cells capable of forming all the tissues of the body.  During the journey to becoming multicellular, animals establish stem cell populations that are used to maintain tissue homeostasis.  Additionally, during the earliest stages of life, many animals set aside germ cells (precursors of sperm or eggs) that they hide away in their body until adulthood.  The mechanisms that govern these processes are crucial for the continuity of life from generation to generation.  In this seminar, we will explore the mechanisms that govern stem cell populations during development.  This seminar will cover the most recent advances in stem cell research, with a focus on new methodologies for biomedical and basic scientific research.  In addition, we will read and discuss primary literature on highly regenerative invertebrates and gain a deeper appreciation for how our cells have evolved over millions of years. 
Prerequisite: BIOL 001 and 002 and one of the following courses:  BIOL 010, BIOL 013, BIOL 014, BIOL 019, BIOL 024, BIOL 029 or with permission of instructor. 


Natural sciences and engineering.
1 credit.
Fall 2020. DuBuc.
Catalog chapter: Biology
Department website: Biology

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