U of G Study First to Identify Cells Driving Gecko’s Ability to Regrow Its Tail
A U of G researcher is the first to discover the type of stem cell that is behind the gecko’s ability to regrow its tail, a finding that has implications for spinal cord treatment in humans. This new research was recently featured in Popular Science and MSN. Many lizards can detach a portion of their tail to avoid a predator and then regenerate a new one. Unlike in mammals, the lizard tail includes part of the spinal cord.