Have you ever broken a bone and then had to wait weeks in plaster while it heals? Have you ever seen a lizard drop it’s tail and grow another? There are many other animals that can also regrow, or regenerate, body parts. How handy would that be? The Zebra fish is something special though and our next speaker is going to tell us how she is investigating the regenerative properties of the zebrafish with light to see if us humans can develop these same properties.
Celia Vandestadt from the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute(ARMI) at Monash University will be hitting the Science Stage for this fascinating and family-friendly talk at AstroLight to tell you all about her Fluro-fish and show you a couple of things too. Here is more from Celia herself;
Fluro-fish and the Secrets of Regeneration
Walking into a pet shop you would hardly guess that the small stripy fish darting around the tanks are capable of something quite remarkable. They can regrow broken body parts! This phenomenon has captured the imagination of scientist all around the world and now the race is on to find out how they do it.
Join me in a discovery of microscopes and fluorescent glow in the dark magic to learn how scientist are using light to unlock the secrets of regeneration. Walking past the fish tanks at the pet shop will never be the same again.
I’m fascinated with how the humble little zebrafish is able to fully repair their brain and spinal cord after injury. Using the latest technology in genetics and microscopy I am trying to unlock this secret ability with the hope that one day we can help people with spinal cord injuries to walk again.
The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute opened in 2009. Since then, it has made major contributions to regenerative medicine and stem cell research.
Wow, the possibilities of being able to regenerate the spinal cord and nerves in humans would help so many people who can no longer walk or have brain damage. And the use of light is helping this research along!
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