Newts Unleashed: Limb Muscle Regeneration Needs Metamorphosis and Body Growth
Published:03 Aug.2022    Source:University of Tsukuba

Unknown to passersby, a modest little creature with amazing abilities lives and breeds in the forests and paddy fields of Japan. Now, researchers from Japan have discovered how these amphibians' superpowers are unleashed.

In a study published this month in Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Tsukuba have revealed that during limb regeneration in newts, two developmental processes -- metamorphosis and body growth -- are needed to provide the right conditions for muscle cells to be redeployed within the limb stump.