Regeneration: Studies of Reptiles May Lead to Human Applications
Studying how reptiles regenerate their limbs could have implications for developing regenerative therapies for people living with arthritis or other injuries. https://t.co/iJilLGfhMI— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) December 28, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: Imagine being able to regrow an arm or leg that has been amputated. Reptiles and amphibians can do just that. While alligators can regenerate a ‘tail’ which does not have the muscles that the original tail had, this new appendage is good enough to help it to survive and avoid predators.
Interestingly enough, dinosaurs which were the ancestors of reptiles and birds, could generate new limbs, but when the two species lines separated hundreds of thousands years ago, only the reptile line maintain the regenerative ability.
We have always wanted humans to have the ability to regenerate lost body parts but alas the the human body is too complex to do this. Alligators are large reptiles and display the ability to regenerate which brings hope to finding a way for humans accomplish the same feat….Carol