Epigenetics: a key regulator of platyhelminth developmental biology?

K. K. Geyer, K. F. Hoffmann

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The Platyhelminthes (flukes/flatworms) are a large group of derived metazoans beautifully adapted for existence in diversely challenging ecosystems. As tractable examples of development and self-regeneration or as causative agents of aquacultural, veterinary and biomedically-relevant parasitic diseases, the platyhelminths are subject to intensive inter-disciplinary research. Given the complex lifestyles exhibited by individuals within this phylum, we postulate that epigenetic processes geature in many aspects of platyhelminth lifecycle diversity, development and environmentally-driven adaptations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-224
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Issue number3
Early online date17 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • epigenetics
  • platyhelminths
  • developmental biology
  • environment


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