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The Effects of Momordica Charantia on the Regeneration of Dugesia Tigrina

Miriam Yushavaiev, Areej Amir, Felicity Liu

J. Dawn. Research, Vol. 3, pp 3-19, 2021

Momordica Charantia, also known as bitter melon, is a unique fruit found in subtropical and tropical regions worldwide. The plant is a long vine that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, and it also has a characteristically bitter taste. Bitter melon is rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and phosphorous, as well as multiple active chemicals, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. All of these traits make bitter melon useful in medicine as an anti-diabetic, an anti-inflammatory agent and as a wound-healing agent; however, its effects on regeneration have not been explored. Planaria are freshwater flatworms that are known for its ability to regenerate. Their stem cells are unique because they have adult stem cells that express pluripotency. This experiment can further test the potential of the bitter melon extract on stem cell regeneration so that they can be better-cultured outside of the body in large numbers. […]

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