Stem Cells

From Hydra to Man

  • Thomas C. G. Bosch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jan U. Lohmann
    Pages 1-15
  3. Noriko Funayama
    Pages 17-35
  4. Thomas C. G. Bosch
    Pages 37-57
  5. Kiyokazu Agata
    Pages 59-74
  6. Peter Ladurner, Bernhard Egger, Katrien De Mulder, Daniela Pfister, Georg Kuales, Willi Salvenmoser et al.
    Pages 75-94
  7. Stefano Tiozzo, Federico D. Brown, Anthony W. De Tomaso
    Pages 95-112
  8. Makoto Asashima, Akira Kurisaki, Tatsuo Michiue
    Pages 113-128
  9. Masatake Osawa, Kiyotaka Hasegawa, Mariko Moriyama, Shin-Ichi Nishikawa
    Pages 129-144
  10. Ibrahim Alkatout, Holger Kalthoff
    Pages 165-185
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 187-188

About this book


Much of our knowledge of stem cells has been inferred from studies of remarkable few species. The ability to manipulate stem cells in “model” organisms such as the mouse and a few other vertebrate species has driven our understanding of basic biology of stem cells. The power and efficiency of studying model organisms, however, comes at a cost since a few species, obviously, do not reflect nature´s true diversity. Unfortunately, although all multicellular organisms seem to rely on stem cells, and although this seems to be a question of key importance for understanding the evolution of animal life, little is known about stem cells in early-branching taxa.

“Stem Cells: From Hydra to Man” illustrates that there is more than human and mouse stem cells to learn from. Reflecting an enormous growth in the knowledge of stem cells in various organisms, the book presents the conceptual language and the nature of questions, as well as a summary of the advances in our understanding of stem cells from a comparative point of view that has resulted from the development of new technology and the development of novel model organisms over the past few decades. As such this book is largely a horizon analysis of a frontier rather than a retrospective. It presents an integrative approach to animal stem cells and covers the major contributions, tools and trends in a newly emerging field: comparative stem cell biology.


Hydra Regeneration Vertebrate cell biology evolution mouse

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas C. G. Bosch
    • 1
  1. 1.Christian-Albrechts-UniversityGermany

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