Lessons from Salamanders: Could Humans Ever Regenerate Limbs?
Mar02

Lessons from Salamanders: Could Humans Ever Regenerate Limbs?

In Brief Salamanders, which have the ability to regenerate parts of their body, may one day provide the key to helping humans generate lost limbs. Scientists are studying these animals to understand precisely how the process works and how it might be applied to other species. Even if possible, there will likely be significant challenges. These include the length of time that may be required to regrow limbs and concerns about possible...

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A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
Aug25

A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

Spinal cord injuries are much more common than one might expect. As a result, finding a cure would be life changing for millions of Americans. Dr. Michael E. Selzer has been studying this topic for nearly 40 years. He provides insight on how a cure could be developed by looking at an animal capable of repairing its own spinal cord. The sea lamprey, a species of deep sea fish, is capable of regenerating a severed or broken spine. By looking at its genome, scientists hope to one day discover a method to apply the lamprey’s healing capabilities to humans

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African Spiny Mice Can Regrow Skin: A Model for Human Wound Healing
Feb12

African Spiny Mice Can Regrow Skin: A Model for Human Wound Healing

Can humans someday regenerate like the superhero Deadpool? Studies on tissue restoration in African spiny mice reveal the potential genetic origin for this extraordinary occurrence. With continued research in wound healing, the unappealing scars humans are subjected to may someday be replaced by rejuvenated skin. Check out the story for more details!

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