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Blind tadpoles see after eyes transplanted on tail

Mar 31, 2017, 8:31 AM EDT
(Source: oliver.dodd/flickr)
(Source: oliver.dodd/flickr)

In a development that could dramatically improve the functional performance of transplanted organs, the scientists from Tuft University’s Allen Discovery Center successfully restored sight in blind tadpoles with the help of eyes grafted on their tails. The work holds tremendous potential in regenerative medicine as it reflects an incredible ability of the central nervous system to adapt to changes both in function and connectivity.

Although organ transplants have been carried out for long now but scientists are yet to find a way of connecting sensory organs like eyeballs to the brain, an area that could be effectively addressed with the new findings, reports New Atlas.

Elaborating the potential applications of this technology, researcher Michael Levin says the study could lead us towards a new class of sensory augmentation, body structure modification, and regenerative therapies, notes ResearchGate.

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