This is one of those things that isn’t really related to neuroscience, to weird science, or to any of Sci’s normal science. Really, it was just something Sci found (in various places), and thought was really awesome. Cause it is!
BEHOLD! The INCREDIBLE HEALING MOUSE!!!
For those who know about working with rodents, it looks like a rat, don’t it? It’s a mouse! But it looks like a rat because these dudes are some big boys. This is an MRL mouse, which stands for ‘Murphy Roths Large” (Sci can certainly believe the large). They were originally bred as a strain of laboratory mice, used for autoimmune studies (things like Lupus).
But these MRL mice might be the next big thing in wound healing. The story of their discovery is interesting on its own. The story of HOW it happens could change the world.
Bedelbeava et al. “Lack of p21 expression links cell cycle control and appendage regeneration in mice” Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, 2010.
(Ok, I’ll admit I’m a little behind on this, apparently the big news broke in February or March. But still, I found it!)
And it all starts with a little ear piercing.