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September 29, 2005

More Good News for Meeses

Crazy.

Genetically altered mice discovered accidentally at the Wistar Institute in Pennsylvania have the seemingly miraculous ability to regenerate like a salamander, and even regrow vital organs.

Researchers systematically amputated digits and damaged various organs of the mice, including the heart, liver and brain, most of which grew back.

The results stunned scientists because if such regeneration is possible in this mammal, it might also be possible in humans.

The researchers also made a remarkable second discovery: When cells from the regenerative mice were injected into normal mice, the normal mice adopted the ability to regenerate. And when the special mice bred with normal mice, their offspring inherited souped-up regeneration capabilities.

The article even has nice pictures of a mouse’s ear with a pretty good size hole (I dunno, maybe baseballish were the mouse man size) just healing itself up. No scars.

You know, I read stuff like this about every two weeks it seems. Not the same story, just researchers somewhere doing something so mindblowing, the only way to deal with it is to pretend it’s Sci-Fi or that i didn't read it. Stuff that calls into question too many assumptions hard wired into my brain.

We live in amazing times.


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