Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Axolotl's Superpower: Tissue Regeneration!

    This article discusses the sequencing of the axolotl genome, and how it may be significant in regards to human health/medical treatments. Axolotls are neotenic- in other words, they never reach "full maturity". This is how they keep their gills and continue to live underwater. They also hold the title for the largest genome ever fully sequenced. Scientists are particularly interested in researching axolotls for their incredible ability to regenerate lost tissues- even having the capability to regrow their spinal cords, and parts of their brains! Scientists may be able to learn from this ability and translate it into the medical field. Since axolotls have been used as model organisms, health-related events observed in them, such as heart problems, can be studied, and then used in respect to human health-related problems.

    I find this article to be incredibly interesting. The concept of utilizing the information axolotls provide regarding regeneration in a medical sense for humans is groundbreaking. I can only imagine the different manners in which it could be used to better our medical treatments- such as use on burn victims or use in combating degenerative diseases. It makes me wonder just how far we can push the bounds of this regenerative ability- I know we as humans will not be able to regrow entire limbs, but to what extent will we be able to practice this ability in the medical field? 

1 comment:

  1. This is so interesting! I had no idea that Axolotl were neotenic and could even regenerate their spinal cord. The study of Axolotl and its regenerative abilities hopefully will make a large break for the medical world and help those who have severe damage to parts of their body that originally were deemed irreparable.