Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In organism that have a preformed germ-line like Drosophila where germ cells are pre-allocated in the oocyte, are there technically no adult pluripotent stem cells since germ line cells can't be developed from somatic stem cells?

share|improve this question

In almost all metazoa, the pro-germline cells get segregated from other stem cells at an early stage of development and they thrive and differentiate in their neighborhood. This is important in order to preserve the germline. This post provides some basic explanation.

However, even drosophila have adult multipotent stem cells and help in the formation of midgut as reported by this study.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.