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The secrets of gecko tails could help heal human spine injuries

They can sprout new tails in the span of a month.
gecko regrowing its tail

Geckos are able to regrow their tails by activating a group of stem cells when the tail is lost.

Matthew Vickaryous/University of Guelph

Humans tend to think of themselves as the superior species. But the way we heal our bodies is extremely basic: We can (usually) mend our bones pretty well, but if we lose a limb or damage our spinal cords . Geckos are far superior in this arena. When they lose their tails, they just grow new ones.

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