Are Humans able to regenerate?

Would you like to have a second chance when you get hurt? When you get severely injured would you like to be able to regenerate? Did you ever see animals that lose a limb and get it back? Maybe losing fear of getting hurt could also be accomplished. Perhaps feeling invisible is equal to being able to regenerate. 


As humans we are able to evolve after certain periods of time. In our human body some parts of our bodies can repair themselves quite well after injury, but other parts don’t repair at all. We as humans could never be able to regrow a whole leg or arm. When you get hurt as a human the part of the body is never the same. For example if you break a bone, then that bone will never be as strong as the other bones that you never broke. Regenerating as a human being may change history. Maybe we could cure diseases, due to being able to cure our own body. Otherwise some animals can regrow limbs, or can regenerate certain parts of their bodies. 


So what does the term regeneration mean? Regeneration means the regrowth of a damaged or missing organ part from the remaining tissue. As time moves along, humans, as adults, can regenerate some organs, such as the liver. If for some reason the part of the liver is lost by disease or injury, the liver is able to grow back to its original size. This may be good, but the only problem is that the liver never gets the same shape. Because of this, regeneration could affect you if you lose an arm. When it regenerates, the shape of the arm will totally change. Another example is our skin, and how it is constantly being renewed and repaired. Unfortunately many other tissues in the human body don’t regenerate. The goal of finding regenerative medicine is to find ways to make faster tissue regeneration in the body.


Some animals that have the advantage of regenerating are salamanders, planarians and a number of other species are able to regrow damaged or missing body parts (regenerating). Maybe studying how regeneration works, will help us understand how the human body could heal and repair itself more. Hopefully that this could also help researchers develop regenerative medicines, in order to help the human body fully heal.


Jorge Salinas

My name is Jorge Salinas. I am a junior. I love soccer and tennis. A word that would describe me would be funny.

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