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
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.