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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Real-Life "Mighty Mouse" Regrows Limbs, Organs

Scientists at Cambridge University have quite a remarkable mouse on their hands -- one that can regenerate lost limbs and heal damaged organs. The hope is that the genetic characteristics of this mouse can be translated to other animals, and ultimately, humans.

The key seems to be in fetal liver cells. After the experimental mouse received these cells, it was able to regrow its tail and toes, and heal a damaged heart and eye. While the Cambridge team won't win any awards from anti-vivisection activists, their research could prove a breakthrough in human longevity and quality of life.

Source: Times Online