Under threat, a gecko can detach its tail, distracting a predator and enabling the lizard to hightail it to safety. In about 30 days, the tail grows back – a feat of tissue regeneration that could hold clues for repairing spinal cord injuries in humans, according to Ontario Veterinary College professor Matthew Vickaryous. Vickaryous discovered
Geckos can regenerate tissue and heal without scarring, and Prof. Matt Vickaryous, Biomedical Sciences, wants to understand how they do it. Learning how geckos avoid scars and still heal rapidly without excessive fluid loss and infection could help researchers find ways to improve the healing process in humans.