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2009年7月28日火曜日

This Blue Rat May Have the Secret to Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries

青いねずみさん。

どこか涼しげな写真ですが、これは実験で青くなったネズミです。

脊髄を損傷させ、青い薬を注射で与えると、数週間で歩いたり走ったり、元通りになったということ。

脊髄損傷で怪我して歩けなくなった人にとっては希望のお話かもしれません。

これから人間でなるたけ早く実験するみたです。

英語の勉強ついでに頑張って読んでみましたw


以下記事の英文より

It's not a negative. It's not frozen. This rat's skin is blue and its color may be the secret to avoid spinal cord injuries and paralysis, according to a new study by neurologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

That secret is Brilliant Blue G dye, a variant of Blue Number One, which is a common and harmless food coloring product. Scientists dropped weights on the rats' backs to break their little spinal cords, injecting the Brilliant Blue G dye in their bodies. The dye turned their skins blue, but within weeks all motor functions returned to normal. The rat could walk, run, jump, have sex, and do whatever it wanted.


According to the study, the dye prevented inflammation of the spinal cord. Not only it is as simple as that, but one of the neurologists—Maiken Nedergaard—says that they can't find "clinical effects on the rat." This is one of the things that they should start trying in humans as soon as possible. Better to look like a smurf than neer walking again