The Axolotl: A Cut Above the Rest

The axolotl is a Mexican salamander with an incredible ability: Cut its leg off, and the limb will grow right back! How it does this and why humans can’t is still a bit of a mystery. Researchers like Susan Bryant of UC Irvine are studying these amphibians to understand the underlying mechanisms for their miraculous regenerative powers.


Produced by Christian Baker

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Additional Stills and Video by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dr. Susan Bryant, Dr. David Gardiner, and Dr. Akira Satoh


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About Christian Baker

Christian Baker is an independent filmmaker, producer and director of photography.

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