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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)

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?