Date of Award

Spring 1968

Document Type



Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

James Manion

Second Advisor

Rev. Joseph Harrington

Third Advisor

Guido Bugni


Regeneration is a complex biological phenomena that is common in some degree to all aspects of life. It is a part of life that is being greatly experimented and explored to understand and use it to its fullest advantage. My purpose in writing this paper is to give a general picture of regeneration and the problems that it proposes. In order to see how regeneration works it is necessary to examine all the aspects of this regrowth. Regeneration is affected by many diverse factors, and I hope to examine these aspects leading to a better understanding of this subject.

It is a known fact that the genetic information is present in all cells to become any specific kind of cell. What is needed is a sufficient stimulus which will allow control of this genetic information. With this in mind, it is possible that regeneration, when it is fully understood, could lead to full~scale or at least improved regeneration in man. Regeneration also has some connections to cancer tissue and could, in the future, be adapted to control this. In these areas, regeneration could thus be extended to help man overcome some of his biological limitations. First, however, this subject must have many of its problems solved and be understood much better than it is today.