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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 135  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 813-819

Stem cells in the light of evolution

1 Medical Biotechnology Division, School of Bio-Sciences & Technology, VIT University, Vellore, India
2 College of Environmental & Health Sciences, Tajen University, Pingtung, Taiwan; Kailash Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Goraj, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Govindasamy Agoramoorthy
Distinguished Research Professor, College of Environmental & Health Sciences, Tajen University, Yanpu, Pingtung 907, Taiwan

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 22825600

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All organisms depend on stem cells for their survival. As a result, stem cells may be a prerequisite for the evolution of specific characteristics in organisms that include regeneration, multicellularity and coloniality. Stem cells have attracted the attention of biologists and medical scientists for a long time. These provide materials for regenerative medicine. We review in this paper, the link between modern stem cell research and early studies in ancient organisms. It also outlines details on stem cells in the light of evolution with an emphasis on their regeneration potential, coloniality and multicellularity. The information provided might be of use to molecular biologists, medical scientists and developmental biologists who are engaged in integrated research involving the stem cells.

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