• Question: This may not be very relevant to drugs, but is still scientific. Do plants have stem cells (in a seed- like in an embryo) and if yes, what are these stem cells called? Are they specialised inside the seed or does this happen during germination?

    Asked by cecyliaw to Darren, Deuan, Duncan, Lori-An, Michelle on 18 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Darren Nesbeth

      Darren Nesbeth answered on 18 Jun 2010:


      Meristem cells?

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      Lori-An Etherington answered on 18 Jun 2010:


      According to Dr Peter Doerner from the University of Edinburgh ‘plants have stem cells just like animals’. I don’t know very much about their findings so I will paste in a link to the article if you are interested:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4278242.stm

      hope this helps

    • Photo: Michelle Hudson

      Michelle Hudson answered on 18 Jun 2010:


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    • Photo: Michelle Hudson

      Michelle Hudson answered on 18 Jun 2010:


      I think they must do because plants are made up of different cell types. I’m afraid plant cell biology isn’t really my thing perhaps one of the others can answer this?

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