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Eyes on Regeneration


The regenerative capabilities in the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, is astounding. This image shows that frog tadpoles are a well-established model to study eye regeneration through investigating organ transplants. When eye tissue is removed and transplanted into the middle of the body, the eye tissue develops into an eye organ in less than one week. This data establishes a model system where eye tissues can form the correct eye organ outside of any prompting signals in the head and this can be used to study eye regeneration.