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Thomas Lozito poses with Donald, one of his mourning geckos.
Thomas Lozito Is Figuring Out How Lizards Rebuild
The University of Southern California bioengineer studies how lizards regrow their tails, with the goal of one day inducing regeneration in humans.
Thomas Lozito Is Figuring Out How Lizards Rebuild
Thomas Lozito Is Figuring Out How Lizards Rebuild

The University of Southern California bioengineer studies how lizards regrow their tails, with the goal of one day inducing regeneration in humans.

The University of Southern California bioengineer studies how lizards regrow their tails, with the goal of one day inducing regeneration in humans.

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collage of images related to favorite stories, including black and white photo of flowers, illustration of two rats, human body with floating coronaviruses
The Scientist Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2021
The Scientist Staff | Dec 28, 2021 | 5 min read
A look back at some of the articles we most enjoyed reading, writing, and editing this year
Lizard on glass tank
Engineered Stem Cells Grant Geckos “Perfectly” Regenerated Tails
Chloe Tenn | Nov 5, 2021 | 4 min read
Geckos injected with neural stem cells modified to block cartilage growth developed the skeletal and nervous components normally lacking from regrown tails.
a leopard gecko with an unusually yellow body
“Lemon Frost” Leopard Geckos’ Cancers Similar to Human Melanomas
Christie Wilcox | Jun 24, 2021 | 6 min read
The color morph’s bright yellow hue and its propensity for skin tumors both likely stem from a gene implicated in a dangerous form of human skin cancer, suggesting the animals could make an ideal model for studying the disease.
Image of the Day: Geckos on the Run
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 7, 2018 | 1 min read
Surface slapping and side-to-side swinging let geckos sprint across water.
Image of the Day: Skeeter Eater
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Feb 22, 2018 | 1 min read
Geckos could help control mosquito-borne diseases, but their effectiveness depends on the environment.
Image of the Day: Dog, Squirrel, or Gecko?
The Scientist Staff | Jun 28, 2017 | 1 min read
Although it's clearly a lizard, the aptly named thick-tailed gecko (Underwoodisaurus milii) has a bulky backside and is known to bark when in danger. 
A New Species of Gecko Defensively Sheds Its Scales
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2017 | 1 min read
Geckolepis megalepis escapes its predators by rapidly detaching its fish-like scales.
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | Jan 7, 2016 | 4 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Self-Drying Skin
Jenny Rood | Mar 11, 2015 | 2 min read
Tiny water-repellent spines on a gecko’s skin help keep the lizard dry in humid conditions.
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