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Scientists at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University (Melbourne) have identified an important evolutionary innovation that gave rise to many land animals, from reptiles and birds to mammals, and including our own species.

The Martino group’s focus is to combine knowledge from the fields of bioengineering, stem cells and immunology to further understand the role the immune system plays in tissue repair and regeneration. The ultimate goal of the group is to design new regenerative strategies for the repair of bone and tissue.

Melbourne scientists have found the first direct evidence for a speculated stem-cell based mechanism of muscle repair, in work that could lead to longer, healthier lives for the elderly and muscular dystrophy sufferers.