That’s right two heads are better than one, and in this case two heads have sparked more interest in microgravity research. Tufts researcher Michael Levin discusses the most recent findings on Flatworms’ regenerative abilities when introduced to a space environment. Research suggests that the lack of gravity has encouraged the tested flatworms to grow two heads when cut into thirds – a very rare occurrence on Earth.
Microgravity poses as an underused environment that has proven to yield fascinating results. These flatworms are only one piece of the puzzle. This research is step towards better understanding regeneration for on-Earth applications in medicine and science.
With new questions arising regarding these findings, Levin and his team are working towards a collaborative mission with Space Tango and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation’s Exomedicine Institute.
To learn more about Levin and his Flatworm research, check out this NPR Science Friday Interview with Michael Levin!