FAQ

Where do I buy planarians?

Can the Sánchez Lab send me some reagents?

How long does the complete regeneration of the worms take?

What do planarians eat?

How long do the animals live?

Where are the protocols for planarian maintenance, planarian regeneration observation, whole mount in situ hybridization and RNA interference?

Where are the experimental results published?

What can my students do with common, inexpensive equipment?

Where can I find more information about the biological and medical discoveries being made by researchers using planarians?

Where can I find more information about planarians?

Can the Sánchez Lab ship us the Schmidtea mediterranea species of planarians?

How can I contact you to ask questions, send feedback, opinions, suggestions, classroom experiences, results, etc.?

 



 

Where do I buy planarians?

The planarian species we use can be ordered from Carolina Biological Supply or from Ward's Science. For more details, click on the “Source” tab from within each species page. The species pages can be found in About Our Planarians.

 

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Can the Sánchez Lab send me some reagents?

No, the Sánchez Lab is not providing worms or reagents. All the mentioned worms and materials are commercially available.

 

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How long does the complete regeneration of the worms take?

Worm fragments can completely regenerate by 2 weeks, except P. gracilis whose regeneration requires more than one month.

 

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What do planarians eat?

Planarians eat calf liver, boiled egg yolk, or brine shrimp. For more details, look at Section 1.3: Planarian feeding in the Planarian Maintenance Protocol.

 

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How long do the animals live?

The planarians live as long as they are not killed.  If they are well cared for, they will live indefinitely.

 

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Where are the protocols for planarian maintenance, planarian regeneration observation, whole mount in situ hybridization and RNA interference?

All the protocols and lists of required materials can be found in the sidebar under Protocols.

 

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Where are the experimental results published?

The results of all the proposed experiments are published in...

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What can my students do with common, inexpensive equipment?

The planarian maintenance, feeding and amputation activities can be performed without any specific and/or expensive equipment. These activities are safe for students and teachers. The regeneration of the animals can be followed with a magnifying lens or even a smartphone's camera. For more details, look at Section 1.5: Image acquisition of live worms in the Planarian Maintenance Protocol found in the sidebar.

 

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Where can I find more information about the biological and medical discoveries being made by researchers using planarians?

Here is a list of recent publications from laboratories using planarians to study regeneration and stem cell biology:

 

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Where can I find more information about planarians?

These are a collection of review papers on the topic of planarians and their remarkable biological attributes.

 

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Can the Sánchez Lab ship us the Schmidtea mediterranea species of planarians? 

No. Unfortunately, because S. mediterranea is not endemic to the US, specific regulations about its handling are in place to avoid its accidental propagation in North America, thus limiting the use of S. mediterranea in the classroom.

 

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How can I contact you to ask questions, send feedback, opinions, suggestions, classroom experiences, results, etc.?

Everyone is welcome to contact us at cuttingclass@stowers.org to share any thoughts about the paper, the website, the activities, etc. We are also happy to receive short descriptions of your experiences in performing these or different activities with planarians in your classroom, as well as any photographs and/or movies that you would like to see published on our website.

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