Friday, July 1, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Lizards may hold key to limb regeneration


Posted on Friday, 22 August, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments

Many lizards can regrow their own tail. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 ToNToNi
By understanding how lizards regrow tissue it may be possible to enable the same process in humans.
Imagine being able to regrow a missing arm after an amputation or being able to regenerate your spinal cord after an accident has left you paralyzed - it might sound impossible now but scientists may soon be able to come up with a way to make it actually happen.

The key is believed to lie in the way in which a lizard can grow back its entire tail - a scale of regeneration that is unheard of throughout most of the animal kingdom.

"Lizards are the most closely-related animals to humans that can regenerate entire appendages," said lead author Kenro Kusumi. "We discovered that they turn on at least 326 genes in specific regions of the regenerating tail, including genes involved in embryonic development, response to hormonal signals and wound healing."

The researchers believe that they have identified the unique genetic "recipe" for limb regeneration in lizards and that given enough time, the same processes could be enabled in humans as well.

"Lizards basically share the same toolbox of genes as humans," said Kusumi.

Source: Nature World News | Comments (10)

Tags: Lizard, Regeneration


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by CuriousRey on 21 August, 2014, 21:34
Didn't they figure this out in the Amazing Spider Man 2? Old news!
Comment icon #2 Posted by DecoNoir on 21 August, 2014, 23:28
Didn't they figure this out in the Amazing Spider Man 2? Old news! Stan Lee predicted how this would end back in 1964! Stan Lee is Utaau the Watcher. Sorry had to let my nerd out a bit.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 22 August, 2014, 0:32
Stan Lee predicted how this would end back in 1964! Stan Lee is Utaau the Watcher. Sorry had to let my nerd out a bit. Stole my thunder.
Comment icon #4 Posted by shrooma on 22 August, 2014, 10:14
Stole my thunder. . mine too!! .
Comment icon #5 Posted by shrooma on 22 August, 2014, 10:16
the makers of landmines must be wetting themselves..... .
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 22 August, 2014, 14:05
Comment icon #7 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII on 22 August, 2014, 14:14
CNN could use a top notch anchor like Kent. Then they could get rid of the idiots they are trying to pass off as "journalists". Back on topic, I would so cut off my tongue if I could grow back a nice long forked heat sensing one. My wife would love it and I could start hanging with the reptilian crowd.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker on 22 August, 2014, 18:46
I'm still waiting for the "grow new teeth" and "grow new hair" shots to come out. "Grow back arm" would be cool too.
Comment icon #9 Posted by shrooma on 22 August, 2014, 19:07
I'm still waiting for the "grow new teeth" and "grow new hair" shots to come out. "Grow back arm" would be cool too. . i want them to make another me DC, so i can tell him he's s*it at pool. because he's not listening to me..... . the pillock. .
Comment icon #10 Posted by whichisit on 24 August, 2014, 3:21
or make yourself immortal buy understanding the biology of the lobster


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5709927
259247
160996

 
Hole in the ozone layer is starting to heal
7-1-2016
A large hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is finally starting to show signs of healing up.
Man swims in 1,500-gallon pool of Coca-Cola
6-30-2016
The remarkable stunt saw a man jump in to a pool filled with several thousand bottles of fizzy drink.
Disclosure advocate releases NORAD UFO files
6-30-2016
Victor Viggiani released the documents to the public during the Alien Cosmic Expo event on Saturday.
Scientists succeed in making their own lava
6-29-2016
A team from the State University of New York at Buffalo created their own magma as part of an experiment.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Can supercomputers predict the future ?
Posted 7-1-2016 | 1 comment
What can you actually do with one hundred million billion calculations per second ?
 
Tim Peake back on Earth
Posted 6-29-2016 | 1 comment
An interview with astronaut Tim Peake about his time aboard the space station.
 
How MythBusters saved a woman's life
Posted 6-27-2016 | 3 comments
A woman whose car careened in to a lake was saved by an episode of MythBusters.
 
Real-life dire wolves
Posted 6-26-2016 | 4 comments
The huge wolves in Game of Thrones actually existed 300,000 years ago.
 
Teaching a gorilla to talk
Posted 6-25-2016 | 8 comments
A western lowland gorilla named Koko was taught from an early age to use sign language.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Three knocks in the night
6-28-2016 | Cedar City, Utah
 
Mr Button and laurel leaves
6-28-2016 | Unknown
 
Knocking on the door
6-28-2016 | Virginia, United States
 
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
 
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
 
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
 
Paralyzed
4-15-2016 | United States
 
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
 
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
 
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ