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"Looking back through history, I see no evidence for humanity making the best of things, and I think it's a pretty safe bet that's an on-going trend."
- Richard Morgan

Regen-Buds  
  Small collection of cells that can regrow into human limbs.  

This is an early mention of the idea that removed parts can be regrown from 'buds'; today, we dream of stem cells performing this function.

Skarvy. That was the name of the truck driver. Carl followed her into the room where the burly driver sat up in bed. His big body looked strange somehow, until Carl realized there was no long bulge under the blankets. The man had no legs.

"Chopped 'em both off at the hips," Skarvy said when he noticed Carl's gaze. He smiled. "Don't let it bother you. Don't bother me none. They planted the regen-buds and they tell me in less than a year I'll have legs again, good as new. Suits me fine. Better than staying in that truck and frying." He hitched himself up in the bed, an intense expression on his face.

From The Velvet Glove, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1956
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Compare to the atlotl/gibiril regimen from Frank Herbert's 1972 novel The Godmakers.

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