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Migraine drug activates transplanted eyes in tadpoles

March 30, 2017

What can blind tadpoles teach us about improving organ transplants, correcting birth defects and curing cancer? A lot, it turns out. That’s what scientists at the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University discovered when they grafted eyes onto the tails of tadpoles, treated them with an FDA-approved migraine drug, then watched as the creatures regained some of their vision—and adapted to the odd position of their new eyes.