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Salamanders & Cell Regeneration: Key to Limb Regeneration Discovered

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by findi, 15 Jun 2013.

  1. findi

    findi Well-Known Member

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    As anyone who has attempted to lift one by its tail knows, salamanders and newts can discard these body parts with no ill effect. In time, we learned that they can regenerate not only tails, but also heart, brain and spinal cord tissue…parts of any organ, it turns out, can be regrown. Furthermore, researchers describe the cell regeneration process as “perfect” – normal function is restored, and there is little if any scarring. Salamanders hold special interest for me. I’ve kept a great many species in zoos and at home, have studied several in the wild, and even had the happy opportunity to write two books on their care. I’ve always hoped that we would uncover the key to their mind-boggling abilities. I’m happy to report that a groundbreaking discovery has now given us some answers, and may lead to research of immense benefit to people suffering from a wide range of diseases and injuries. Read the rest of this article here: Salamanders and Cell Regeneration - How Do They Regrow Limbs?

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