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Wed, May. 10th, 2006, 06:22 pm
Rats, er, Mice in the News

I came across this interesting article. This mouse's blood cells not only act as a vaccine and a cure against even the most malignant cancers, but it's hereditary as well. It sounds too good to be true and obviously they still have a lot of work ahead of them isolating how it works so they can hopefully apply this to humans as well. I have had several friends and family members touched by cancer, so a magic bullet like this is of keen interest to me. In light of the human impact cancer has had on me, I hope I would not be accused of being flippant in expressing a hope that this technology could one day be applied to pet rats as well?

Wed, May. 10th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
maddogairpirate

If they can grow a human ear on a rat's back, my bet is they know a lot about rat genetics in the hopes of applying it to humans. The question is more how much of this knowledge will be applied to everyday care of rats, and how economically feasible will it be?

Wed, May. 10th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
ringie_roo_mk2

Lots and lots of scientific things going on in the animal kingdom lately, eh? Wallaby milk, rat genetics... all very interesting. I bet a lot of people in the biotech field are getting VERY rich lately.

Wed, May. 10th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
aldi

I can picture you getting a preventive transfusion of rat blood while sipping on a cup of marsupial milk. ;-)

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): blood

It might be possible. I have seen a new pill which is a replacement for
chemo... for bowel cancer patients. it looks much better than the awful
chemo which leaves a horrible taste in your mouth for weeks.

As for the ear on the rat, it's a bit of a myth.
they actually just kept it alive there.

It was removed from a corpse and then attached to a rats back.

Wolfie!