Fans of Spider-Man and casual watchers of the latest movie alike know who the character of Dr. Connors, AKA The Lizard is. He uses some crazy science to try to fix a missing body part and the experiment goes horribly wrong, turning him into a rampaging genetic cross-breed. As it turns out, the science that Dr. Connors was using may not be too far off from what some scientists are attempting in the lab.
The use of DNA from reptiles and other sources is being looked into by real-life researchers as a possible means of human regeneration. They may not be completely regrowing limbs (yet?), but are trying to use genetic alternatives to help speed up the body’s natural healing process, thus fixing a wide range of ailments. Not only that, but they’re working with spiders in a similar vein (no pun intended), using silk to help build blood vessels. The next stage in this sci-fi discovery process involves furthering the knowledge so that they can regrow simpler things, like fingers and lungs.
Though these scientists are running things a little more by-the-book (and thus preventing random mutations of people into super-beings), it is an interesting case of life imitating art. Still, without the possibility of creating crazy monsters to terrorize the local population, it just doesn’t sound as cool as it could be. Curse you, sane science!
Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for the info on this one.