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Scientists unlock genes linked to organ regeneration in sea cucumbers


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Japanese sea cucumber's genome sequenced to investigate its ability to regenerate internal organs.

The genome consists of 805 megabases and reveals genes responsible for regenerative ability.

Sea cucumbers spew off their internal organs to scare off predators.

Internal organs grow back within few weeks.

Framework for future research on regenerative abilities that could have medical applications.

Research by Chinese Academy of Sciences, reported in PLOS Biology.

Regenerative abilities to be used in medical applications in the future

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National scientific institution for natural sciences and high technology development.


Professor at Institute of Oceanology at Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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