"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Old Mice Made "Young"

An endangered Saint Andrew beach mouse. Picture File: MM7533 1198159       Submitter: JOEL SARTORE   Copyright: 69 (IS - NO PERMISSION,50% PAYMENT FOR PUBLISHED AND SELECTS (1999 AND LATER CONTRACTS))   Subject: PANAMA CITY (FLORIDA);MICE;RARE, ENDANGERED, AND THREATENED ANIMALS;STUDIO SHOT;CLOSE UP;WHISKERS; Legend: An endangered Saint Andrew beach mouse. Summary: one animal,no people,color image,photography,studio shot,endangered species,white background,front view,saint andrew beach mouse,peromyscus polionotus peninsularis,close up,animal feet,whiskers,sartore rare,b10963 Location: Panama City, Florida.If you've read Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of NIMH well, this is the exactly like how the rats of NIMH could live so long. Scientists have injected  muscle-derived stem cells into the mice, which allows them to live three times longer. Scientists think this could also work on humans. To test it, they put a disease (progeria) which makes its life shorter. That disease works like some human diseases. After that, they put the stem cells in. Amazingly it worked. This could be used on humans to allow us to live longer. 

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