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"From the Ted Talk by Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado: To solve old problems, study new species"

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I'm sure some of you have heard about the fact that a starfish can actually regenerate its arm after it's lost. But some of you might not know that the arm itself can actually regenerate a complete starfish. And there are animals out there that do truly astounding things. I'm almost willing to bet that many of you have never hared of the frtlwaom, sthiedmca mediterranea. This little guy right here does things that essentially just blow my mind. You can grab one of these animals and cut it into 18 different fragments, and each and every one of those fragments will go on to regenerate a complete animal in under two weeks. 18 hedas, 18 bodies, 18 mesitreys. For the past decade and a half or so, I've been trying to figure out how these little dedus do what they do, and how they pull this magic trick off. But like all good magicians, they're not really releasing their secrets readily to me.

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I'm sure some of you have heard about the fact that a starfish can actually regenerate its arm after it's lost. But some of you might not know that the arm itself can actually regenerate a complete starfish. And there are animals out there that do truly astounding things. I'm almost willing to bet that many of you have never _____ of the ________, _________ mediterranea. This little guy right here does things that essentially just blow my mind. You can grab one of these animals and cut it into 18 different fragments, and each and every one of those fragments will go on to regenerate a complete animal in under two weeks. 18 _____, 18 bodies, 18 _________. For the past decade and a half or so, I've been trying to figure out how these little _____ do what they do, and how they pull this magic trick off. But like all good magicians, they're not really releasing their secrets readily to me.

Solution

  1. dudes
  2. mysteries
  3. heads
  4. schmidtea
  5. flatworm
  6. heard

Original Text

I'm sure some of you have heard about the fact that a starfish can actually regenerate its arm after it's lost. But some of you might not know that the arm itself can actually regenerate a complete starfish. And there are animals out there that do truly astounding things. I'm almost willing to bet that many of you have never heard of the flatworm, Schmidtea mediterranea. This little guy right here does things that essentially just blow my mind. You can grab one of these animals and cut it into 18 different fragments, and each and every one of those fragments will go on to regenerate a complete animal in under two weeks. 18 heads, 18 bodies, 18 mysteries. For the past decade and a half or so, I've been trying to figure out how these little dudes do what they do, and how they pull this magic trick off. But like all good magicians, they're not really releasing their secrets readily to me.

Important Words

  1. animal
  2. animals
  3. arm
  4. astounding
  5. bet
  6. blow
  7. bodies
  8. complete
  9. cut
  10. decade
  11. dudes
  12. essentially
  13. fact
  14. figure
  15. flatworm
  16. fragments
  17. good
  18. grab
  19. guy
  20. heads
  21. heard
  22. lost
  23. magic
  24. magicians
  25. mediterranea
  26. mind
  27. mysteries
  28. pull
  29. readily
  30. regenerate
  31. releasing
  32. schmidtea
  33. secrets
  34. starfish
  35. trick
  36. weeks