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Salamander regeneration discovery may help humans grow new limbs

• Terrence Aym
Millions who have lost fingers, toes, hands, feet—even entire arms or legs—will have new hope in the not-too distant future. They may be able to regrow their own missing parts...If they do, they can thank the salamander...Elly Tanaka, a Max Planck Institute cell biologist and co-author of a fascinating study on cellular regeneration studied salamanders in a new way. They genetically modified them first. Then they discovered that cells that were near the injury reverted back to one stage ahead of stem cells. Those cells replicated and regrew the missing limb...

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