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Old Sep 27th, 2012, 07:26 PM       
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African Spiny Mouse Has Salamander-like Regenerative Abilities

University of Florida researchers have discovered that the African spiny mouse has unique regenerative capabilities. The mouse is able to regrow new body tissues following an injury. These mice have skin that is easily torn, which helps them escape predators. Their special ability enables them to then regrow skin or ear parts they lose in escape attempts.
There is hope the African spiny mice's unique tissue regrowth capabilities, the same sort of biological process that a salamander uses to regenerate a severed limb, could translate into medical therapies for humans. Salamanders are studied frequently in the lab, but amphibian biology is very different than human biology.
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