Could the salamander spell the end of hip-replacement operations?
By Agency6:17PM BST 12 Sep 2014
An endangered Mexican salamander that can regenerate its own brain could help end the need for hip replacement surgery in humans, a leading scientist has said.
British researchers are studying a particular sub-species of the amphibious, lizard-like creature, known as the axoloti, according to Liam Grover, a professor of biomaterials at Birmingham University. They aim to learn from how the axoloti can stimulate tissue growth to repair parts of its body including its legs and sections of its brain.
If they are able to emulate the process in humans, it could allow donated tissue to prompt the body to regenrate itself, Prof Grover added.