Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 05-11-2008
Well, I suppose the dead mouse itself is not alive and well, but Japanese geneticists have created healthy clones from mice which were dead and frozen 16 years ago.
An article at National Geographic News reports that the team successfully extracted dead brain and blood cells from the frozen mice. These cells were then injected directly into unfertilized mouse eggs. The result, happy little baby mice primed for poking and scientific testing.
The article goes on to note that this same process could be used to bring extinct species back to life, such as the woolly mammoth. My question: Isn’t this going just a little too far? I saw Jurassic Park, and I have to say, I don’t really have any interest in becoming breakfast for some resurrected 100 million year old dinosaur.