Monday, June 5, 2017
Axolotl Limb Regeneration
During our discussion about animal physiology, I pondered what interesting traits some other animals possessed. I eventually came across a paper about ambystoma mexicanum, otherwise known as the axolotl salamander. This amphibian never loses its gills and remains aquatic its entire life cycle, has never been documented with cancer, and these animals can regenerate entire limbs. The ability to regenerate limbs is a trait that seen in other amphibians and it is a trait that is very interesting to scientists. The paper discusses the nature if limb regeneration within these animals. Different amputation, reattachment, and regeneration methods were used in the research of the pluripotent stem cells within the damaged and amputated tissue sites. If you are interested in reading this paper, I have provided a link.