A Gothic experiment with mice led to splendidly horrific conclusions.
The scientists joined [great word! -Infocult] old and young mice for five weeks and then examined them. The muscles of the old mice had healed about as quickly as those of the young mice, the scientists reported in 2005. In addition, the old mice had grown new liver cells at a youthful rate.
The young mice, on the other hand, had effectively grown prematurely old. Their muscles had healed more slowly, and their stem cells had not turned into new cells as quickly as they had before the procedure.
Pause and relish that vision for a while.
Moving on, and naturally, in the spirit of mad science:
Dr. Ransohoff and others hope the experiments on mice will lead to studies on people to see if the human version of GDF11, or other molecules in the blood of young people, has a similar effect on older adults.
Bonus horror points for this possibility:
But scientists would need to take care in rejuvenating old body parts. Waking up stem cells might lead to their multiplying uncontrollably.
“It is quite possible that it will dramatically increase the incidence of cancer,” said Irina M. Conboy, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
A few quick thoughts:
- Bathory was right!
- [insert Baby Boomer joke]
- There must be a student loan angle to this.
- Every teen Goth nightmare has now been confirmed.