Blanchoud Group, University of Fribourg Research Labs
Their lab dissects WBR by using an interdisciplinary combination of time-lapse imaging, histological sectioning and image analysis. They have set out to identify the origin and nature of the stem-like cells responsible for this regenerative capacity. In addition, they are progressively analysing the whole 10 days of WBR to construct a virtual atlas of this unique process combining information on cell types, cell fates and cell lineages. This dataset will be particularly valuable for the functional characterization of WBR, as well as for the comparison with the visually similar process of asexual reproduction.