Monday, July 27, 2009

Tiny

Chinese researchers have made mice from skin cells. Adult skin cells were reprogrammed to pluripotent cells and grown into mice - the first mouse born was named Xiao Xiao ("Tiny"). This is an overt demonstration of the full flexibility of reprogrammed adult cells. It's probably also a little weird for the mice.

(image credit: Dr. Qi Zhou, via timesonline.co.uk)