Researchers unravel genetics of tail regeneration in lizards

The genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration has been uncovered, paving the way for the development of human tissue regeneration therapies.

A team led by scientists from Arizona State University used next-generation technologies to analyse the regulation of genes involved in tail regeneration using the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis), which regrows its tail after dropping it off when attacked by a predator.

As the same genetic “toolbox” exists in humans, the research may enable the development of new tissue regeneration therapies for spinal cord injuries and diseases such as arthritis.

Read more at Arizona State University