Progress

salamanderGene for tail regeneration in salamanders discovered. When I was in my early teens, I spend some time around an elderly biology professor at Amherst (U. Mass? In Amherst, anyway) who’d spent his entire professional career studying this subject because, he explained to me, if you could unlock the secret of such regeneration, we might one day grow back nerve cells and missing limbs.

He must have died before he achieved success because otherwise I’m sure we’d heard of it by now, but then, he didn’t have the tools to unlock DNA the way we can now.

Wherever he is, I’m sure he’d be pleased by this development.

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  1. pulled up in OG

    The girl that just died in the boating accident had recently taken a boating safety course, right?

    Hmm?

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Bob-Horton-Kayakers-rowers-canoeists-beware-5707946.php

  2. harrycan

    That biology professor did die. He turned into a giant monster lizard trying to splice his DNA In order to regenerate the arm he lost in a lab accident. Fortunately for us our friendly neighborhood spiderman was able to foil his plot to turn the populace of midtown Manhattan into a bunch of lizard people. Dennis Leary also died in the skirmish. He wasn’t much of a comic, so no loss.

  3. Anonymous

    Did he demonstrate his magically regenerating corn cob on you?

  4. Yos

    Nice story, Chris. I’m sure, too, he’s looking down, smiling.

  5. AJ

    Here’s some progress for you:

    ‘Dem Politician: Grant Illegals Amnesty Or They’ll Become Terrorists’

    “. . . “They’re not from Mexico, they’re coming from further south,” Murphy continued. “We need to make sure that when we’re talking about these children we need to treat them like they’re our children or our grandchildren. If they’re gonna be refugees, which several of them are going to be, we need to make sure that we have—one, we take care of them, and we create a pathway for citizenship and set up education for them so they don’t become the same problem that we’re currently having in the Middle East—that they’ll be terrorists a generation from now.”. . .”

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/21/dem-politician-grant-illegals-amnesty-or-theyll-become-terrorists/

  6. PB

    As an RN, I volunteer in our local hospital’s Wound Care center. There is amazing progress using salamander cells to regenerate epithelial cells in wounds. Your professor friend had the right idea.