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Miracle Mice?

2005-09-01 10:31:37.549092+00 by meuon 3 comments

Borrowed from /.: Miracle Mice that can regrow almost anything but the brain, whole limbs (with joints) and nervous tissue (optic nerve). There are other stories at Science Daily and another: here. as well as quite a few elsewhere. What is unique is they have transfered this ability to other mice and have apparently identified the DNA that makes this happen.

Could make the stem cell / fetal tissue debates old news.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-01 11:48:04.530552+00 by: TheSHAD0W

No it won't, since fetal stem cells were used to transfer the ability; and I predict it'll raise a whole new raft of debate due to fears of genetic engineering. Hopefully it'll blow over and they'll develop effective human therapies before my fat ass keels over.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-01 12:45:58.173162+00 by: meuon

Oops.. I missed that one (stem cells used to transfer). - I like the idea of finding out how to change or at least help the way we heal. The body creating a 'blastema' and healing without scarring would be nice. Too late for most of my broken body parts, but maybe what they'll learn about using things like retinoic acid can be transposed into something not requiring 'gene therapy'.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-02 14:06:34.58737+00 by: petronius

Prediction: Miracle Mice growing into ravenous monsters attacking curvacious blondes will be featured on the next SciFi Channel exclusive movie, beginning principle photography at noon today and scheduled to run Tomorrow night at 8, Central time.