Life Cycle And Its Effects On Life Cycles

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Salamanders, also known as the urodeles, are one of the few amphiabians that keep their tails during the process of being an adult. Their life cycle begins as being eggs within the environment of water, soon to be evolved to larvas. These larvas are basically developing into the stage of being a full adult.
Typically when most people think of regeneration, the thought of rebuilding comes into mind. In the same respect, a salamander possesses this ability and uses it to their advantage. Regeneration is the process of rebuilding certain cells, tissues or limbs. It’s an intricate progression that allows different animals to survive against their predators. Regeneration allows the salamander to escape their predators by losing an appendage, with the hope of preventing capture and subsequent consumption. Salamander regeneration holds so much value to the world and it’s surrounding life cycles. This overpowering ability is being overlooked, yet at the same time imagine how renowned it would be if we can link a gene that would aid with our regenerating gene. At a young age, we are all born with the ability to regenerate; we are able to regenerate our fingertips until the age of three…now try to apply that to future of regenerative therapy and medicine. Imagine how many benefits would be distributed amongst our cells, our organs, and the list goes on. The underlying process that goes with regeneration is the genetic materials; retinoic acid -(MSX1) and taxon specific proteins such…

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