Regeneration is the process of restoring or renewing an organism's body parts, organs, or tissues
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Regeneration is the process of restoring or renewing an organism's body parts, organs, or tissues, and is a natural process that occurs in many species and can be used to replace lost or damaged tissue. In some cases they can even restore entire organs. Regeneration occurs in both plants and animals. In plants, it may involve the regrowth of leaves, stems, roots and other structures after damage from disease or injury. In animals, regeneration may involve replacing lost limbs such as tails or claws; regrowing internal organs such as hearts; and replacing cells within existing tissues such as skin and muscle. The mechanisms behind regeneration vary depending on the species involved but typically involve stem cells which are capable of dividing into different types of specialized cells to replace those that have been lost or damaged. Some species are able to regenerate entire organs while others are only able to regenerate certain types of tissue such as skin or muscle fibers. The ability to regenerate varies greatly between species with some being more capable than others at regenerating specific structures and tissues. Regeneration has long been studied by scientists for its potential medical applications in humans including treatments for diseases like diabetes and cancer as well as for regenerative therapies involving organ transplants and tissue engineering techniques using stem cells from patients' own bodies instead of donor sources.