Identification and characterisation of region-specific expressed genes in Hydra vulgaris

Tobias Hotz
The freshwater polyp Hydra vulgaris is ideal for the investigation of developmental processes, because of its simple body, divided in head, gastric region and foot. Its ability to regenerate missing body parts makes this animal immortal. Hydra is able to reproduce sexually or asexually by budding. Through treatment with lithium chloride it is possible to interfere with this highly regulated pattern formation: In polyps treated with 1 mM LiCl budding is inhibited and ectopic feet...
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