Acorn worms — our closest invertebrate relative — can regrow whole body parts

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What if humans could regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury?

A new study of one of our closest invertebrate relatives, the acorn worm, reveals that this feat might one day be possible. Acorn worms burrow in the sand around coral reefs, but their ancestral relationship to chordates means they have a genetic makeup and body plan surprisingly similar to ours.

Read more: http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/11/28/our-closest-worm-kin-regrow-body-parts-raising-hopes-of-regeneration-in-humans/

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