Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 1 September 2004
Salamanders, flatworms, and other creatures engage in dazzling feats of renewal. Now, researchers are beginning to uncover the molecular bases for these body-building tricks, hoping to decipher how humans might perform similar stunts
R. John Davenporthttp://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/35/ns6
Abstract: Humans possess a limited capacity to restore missing or injured body parts. Stimulating this capability might circumvent some of the tissue deterioration that accompanies old age. Other organisms, such as salamanders and planaria, boast remarkable regenerative powers, sprouting limbs or producing entire new individuals. Once a scientific backwater, study of these creatures is maturing. As researchers uncover the secrets behind regeneration, they hope to conjure up similar forces in people.
Citation: R. J. Davenport, Regenerating Regeneration. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (35), ns6 (2004).
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