Newt superpower is regeneration

Newts can regenerate eye lenses

source: New Scientist vol 211 no 2821, July 16 2011 p15

Japanese newts (Cynops pyrrhogaster) can regenerate the lenses in their eyes, according to a team led by Panagiotis Tsonis from Dayton, who recorded the newts for 16 years. They excised lenses from six newts 18 times. Lens regeneration was carried out using pigment epithelial cells from the iris rather than from lens tissue remaining. The newts were aged 30 when the study ended, and regenerated lenses could not be distinguished from lenses that had not been regenerated. Efficient DNA repair may help explain the newts' regenerative abilities.