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Biologist discovers mammal with salamander-like regenerative abilities


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Guest Comment
Fri, Sep 28, 2012, 6:18 am CDT
Don't chop up the mice!
Amanda

Guest Comment
Fri, Sep 28, 2012, 9:10 am CDT

they hole punched thier ears?? :(

nadrewod

Guest Comment
Fri, Sep 28, 2012, 10:26 am CDT

They didn't "chop up the mice", they were testing the limits of the mouse's natural regeneration abilities (ears = full, everything else = no muscle).  Also, they only "hole punched their ears" so that they could see the process in action.

 

"Hey, I can regrow parts of my body with no scar tissue or lost function."  "Okay, can you show me?" "What do you mean?" "You know, injure yourself so that I can watch your healing factor in action." "WHAT?!?!  NO WAY!!  I said I can do it, so you have to believe me." "That isn't how science works, so until you show me, everyone will think you are just a fraud."

 

That is how the science community reacts: they must see something in action, and be able to test it, in order to believe it.

 

If this is real, and the scientists are able to find a way to cause that kind of regrowth in other mammals via an artifical process, this would be a massive leap forward in treating everyone from burn victims to war amputees.

nic

Guest Comment
Sun, Sep 30, 2012, 5:33 pm CDT

Go Science!

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