Regeneration study could offer hope to humans

By Barb Berggoetz, August 22, 2006 ( – The genes and proteins in salamanders and frog tadpoles hold secrets that IUPUI researchers hope will lead them to discover how to regenerate limbs and tissues in humans.<BR>&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp; <BR>Scientists with the Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine will use a three-year, $1.6 million gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles to study amphibians’ regenerative powers.<BR>"We are trying to find out how this is done in animals that already know how to do it," said David L. Stocum, center director and biology professor at IU-Purdue Indianapolis.<BR>The research may lead to drugs that could help heal a spinal injury or restore degenerating eyesight, or "smart bandages" that would regenerate an amputated finger or tissue of a wound, according to Stocum.<BR>