"Mexico City - Scientists are genetically modifying a bizarre looking Mexican salamander, which according to ancient mythology is a transformed Aztec god, in the hope its ability to regenerate body parts will one day help human amputees.
The 15-cm-long axolotl is nearly extinct in its only remaining habitat: It is a darling of researchers since it can regrow injured limbs, jaws, skin, organs and parts of its brain and spinal chord."
Rightho, this was interesting for me to read since we actually had one in a tank in our science lab at school. Guess when that was? No, knuckle head, not around the time of the Ark! It was a while ago though, but I can see the newish science classrooms and the tank overlooking, of all things, the kitchens! Not sure what the poor lonely axolotl thought of that but I remember being fascinated when our science teacher, whose name I cannot recall right now [she also bred budgies for show and was trying to breed a red one; thought you might be interested in that little gem!], told us about the regeneration abilities of this member of the salamander family. This would have been circa 1960, 49 or so years ago, and she said at the time that scientists were interested in them because of their regeneration abilities and the fact that this knowledge might help humans to regrow lost limbs in the future.
She knew that then, it is now 49 years later, and I find an article about this fascinating creature. But, I ask myself how it is that in 50 years, with all the things we have discovered and learnt to do during that time, scientists have not managed to use this knowledge to our benefit?
I would be interested in a reply from a scientist actually. I would also be interested too, to know why it has to be 'modified'? Really?