'Miracle mouse' grows back damaged organs

September 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Health | 2 Comments »

A”miracle mouse” that is capable of regenerating its own organs has been discovered by a Ellen Heber-Katz, professor of immunology at the Wistar Institute.

via Times Online | KurzweilAI

“We have experimented with amputating or damaging several different organs, such as the heart, toes, tail and ears, and just watched them regrow,� she said. “It is quite remarkable. The only organ that did not grow back was the brain.

“When we injected foetal liver cells taken from those animals into ordinary mice, they too gained the power of regeneration. We found this persisted even six months after the injection.�

2 Comments on “'Miracle mouse' grows back damaged organs”

  1. 1 Centripetal Notion said at 10:23 pm on June 14th, 2006:

    Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?…

    While many fish and amphibians have the ability to regenerate severed limbs and damaged organs, us warm-blooded mammals have never quite managed to swing such a feat … until now. Scientists at the Wistar Institute, an American biomedical researc…

  2. 2 DoC.13X said at 3:20 pm on April 26th, 2009:

    My only questions are when do human trials start, and where do I sign up? Mammals with regenerative capabilities, this discovery, if implemented properly, could save millions of lives. Terrible car wreck? No problem, we’ll just keep you in the hospital until that lung and those kidneys are in working order again! No surgery, just wait a couple months. This will develop into, the only way to kill a human is to shoot them in the head. Sounds like something I’ve heard elsewhere. (Might have been a zombie movie!) But this is absolutely wonderful, and as for brain cell regeneration we’ve got this to look forward to: http://futurefeeder.com/index.php/archives/2005/06/29/brain-cells-on-demand/#more-349 And by the way if any of the higher ups are reading this, I am serious about applying for human testing, and yes you may cut off a finger or two, and mutilate a kidney.

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