Regeneration in Echinoderms


Gomphia gomphia Sea Star*

Welcome to learning about regeneration in echinoderms! All organisms have the ability to regenerate. However, it is not expressed more extensively and spectacularly than in the regenerative capabilities of Echinoderms.

This website features a review of the literature in echinoderm regeneration and addresses the evolutionary and physiological aspects of regeneration in all five extant classes of the phylum Echinodermata.

This website also advocates the establishment of echinoderms as a model system for regeneration due to the close relation of the phylum to Chordates, and because echinoderms represent all the regenerative strategies described in other animals.

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X-Ray of Sea Star Endoskeleton*

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