Title: First Brain, the: The Neuroscience of Planarians Author: PAGAN ONE R Format: HARDCOVER Publication date: 15/05/2014 Imprint: OXFORD UNI PRESS Price: $17.95 Publishing status: Active
The extraordinary class of flatworms known as planarians possess the remarkable ability to regenerate lost body parts, including their nervous systems. Uniquely among invertebrates, planarians can develop addiction-like symptoms to drugs abused by humans, and are consequently used as animal models in neurological experiments. In this witty, accessible study, Oné Pagán uses these flatworms as a framework to explore the history of biological research, and shed new light on the evolution of the human brain. "By the end of this appealingly personal and reflective book, Pagàn has cogently argued that it is only by studying his favorite cannibalistic worm that we can truly understand ourselves."—David Bainbridge
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