Dec 31, 2022

Surprising Findings — Ancient Disease Has the Potential To Regenerate a Vital Organ

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Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It affects the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes, and can lead to severe disfigurement and disability if left untreated.

Leprosy, a chronic infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, is one of the oldest and most persistent diseases in the world. However, new surprising research suggests that the bacteria that cause leprosy may also have the ability to stimulate the growth and regeneration of the liver in adult animals without causing damage or scarring. Scientists have discovered that parasites associated with leprosy can reprogram cells to increase the size of the liver.

The findings suggest the potential to use this natural process to rejuvenate aging livers and extend the period of disease-free living in humans, known as healthspan. It may also be possible to use this process to regenerate damaged livers, potentially reducing the need for liver transplantation, which is currently the only effective treatment for individuals with severely scarred livers.

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