Cheers to the Liver!

How does the liver repair itself so well?
21 December 2018
Presented by Georgia Mills
Production by Eva Higginbotham.


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The Ancient Greeks understood that the liver was one of the most incredible organs humans possess when they wrote the cautionary tale of Zeus’ punishment of Prometheus. Poor Prometheus was tied to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver every day, but overnight it would regenerate and grow back, allowing his punishment to continue forever. In real life, the liver doesn’t regenerate quite that quickly, but it is true that it has the ability to grow back and heal itself remarkably well. Georgia Mills spoke to liver scientist Auinash Kalsotra from the University of Illinois about how and why the liver has this incredible skill.


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