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A FUTURE project on the species, Ambystoma mexicanum (Axolotls). These organisms are a model for regeneration studies because they regenerate many structures, including the spinal cord. Tail amputations were performed to study the microglial response in the spinal cord. The microglia are the resident immune cells in the central nervous system that respond to injury and can be labeled with tomato lectin in order to study their activity. Past research had been performed using adult axolotls, so in this study age was chosen as the experimental factor. This study will be continued in the following school semester to continue to collect data.
Lee, Melanie E., "Using Tomato Lectin to Study the Effect of Age on Tail Regeneration in Ambystoma mexicanum (Axolotls)" (2017). Biology Summer Fellows. 49.