Wired is reporting that cellular biologists from the Max Planck Institute are making headway in their studies of the regenerative abilities of salamanders. They’re hopeful these advances can be used to help humans regrow missing limbs as well.
This is a nice thought, but we all know how this is going to end. Those scientists would know as well, if only they kept up on the comic book lore. Over 45 years ago in The Amazing Spider-Man #6, Dr. Curt Connors tried this very experiment using reptile DNA. He successfully regrew his missing arm, but was also transformed into The Lizard. Connors has been cured of his affliction and relapsed to battle Spider-Man countless times. He’s even a front-runner to face off against the web-spinner in the next Spider-Man movie. Is this really the sort of menace we want to introduce into the world?