Friday, March 17, 2006


VERY happy if a discovery about this little holday mouse translates to humans:

The mouse has a gene that makes areas containing stem cells that could grow into nerve or brain cells glow green under fluorescent light. Scientists expected to see a mouse with a green head when they stuck it under the lamp. Instead, they got a lovely all-over green display, evidently because hair follicle stem cells are very similar to brain stem cells. Injecting them into injured mice regenerated their spinal cords.

Of course, cancer researcher Judah Folman famously cautioned "If you have cancer and you are a mouse, we can take good care of you." Point taken. Although the anti-angiogenesis drugs he championed are proving quite helpful now in non-mice (aka people). Let's hope this new discovery translates as well.


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