Club Med to meet on April 14, continue to perform axolotl experiment


Club Med has scheduled a meeting on April 14, according to Omeed Malek, Club Med co-president and senior. During this meeting, Club Med will continue its annual experiment on axolotls, salamanders that have the ability to regenerate lost limbs using stem cells. The experiment involves grafting stem cells from one axolotl onto another.

“We haven’t had any problems so far,” Malek said. “We’ve already grafted the stem cell clumps on their legs. All we need to do now is wait for the limbs to regrow.”

According to Malek, the stem cell was grafted using only scissors and axolotl blood.

“We have to hash up the wound, because the blood is sticky and will make the stem cell clump stick onto the leg,” he said.

Because the next steps in the experiment are to wait for the limbs to regrow, Club Med sponsor Sarah Gillim said the club will begin to focus on other issues, such as volunteering and guest speakers.

According to Malek, there are few legal problems involved in finding job shadowing opportunities.

“Hospitals and doctor offices are generally very excited to see students interested in their field of medicine,” Malek said, addressing club members. “Doctors are always more than happy to show students around their place of work for roughly 4 to 5 hours.”