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Animal studies show bacteria’s amazing ability to nearly double the size of the liver by stimulating healthy growth. It became clear.

It is a despicable and selfish act to increase tissue infestation with bacteria.

But discovering how they do it could lead to new age-defying treatments, scientists say. , skin, and eyes, causing disability.

Throughout history, those infected have been avoided.

But the bacterium that causes it, Mycobacterium leprae, has other unusual peculiarities of interest to scientists, such as the ability to perform “biological alchemy” by transforming one type of body tissue into another. There are characteristics.

So researchers turned their attention to the only other animal infected with the disease.
Armadillos are the only known hosts of leprosy. There, they performed controlled hijackings of organs in order to reprogram them for their own purposes.

“It was totally unexpected,” said Professor Anura Rambukkana of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Results published in
Cell Reports Medicine showed that liver size almost doubled.

such a growth might be expected to be defective or even cancerous, but detailed analysis shows it to be healthy and functional, with normal arrangement of blood vessels and bile ducts

“It’s kind of overwhelming,” said Professor Rambukkana. “How do they do it? There is no cell therapy that can do it.”

Adult liver cells are metabolic powerhouses with hundreds of tasks in the body.

However, the bacteria are able to put them back into the teenage stage again and increase their numbers rapidly before becoming adults again. It turned out to resemble a young animal, or even a fetus whose liver is still forming.

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