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Cindy KhaFollow


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The image features the head of the tadpole of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, from the Ai-Sun Tseng lab in the School of Life Sciences. Our image highlights the complexity of the tadpole. The tadpole is mostly transparent that it enables the use of color to highlight key tissues to study tissue regeneration. We can label tissues with specific markers that glow in different colors to show how each part of the tadpole interacts with each other. The muscles are shown in red and a protein is in green. This allows us to work towards understanding how some animals, such as the frog tadpole, can regenerate body parts, but others are cannot. This is an important question in medicine because it can help us understand the ways in which some animals repair their body parts and apply this towards creating novel therapies to improve tissue repair in humans.