November 8, 2013 | Stephanie

I'm not sure I'd want to be big and hairy, but regrowing a lost limb would be great! Scientists trying to genetically engineer tumours in mice have accidentally created a mouse version of Wolverine (but without the big claws).

The mice produced a protein that is generally only found in embryos. Instead of growing tumours as expected the mice grew larger and hairier, and could regrow body parts. Weird though this is, genetic modification could lead to great medical breakthroughs.

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The protein is also associated with the function of cancer cells.

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sana

March 20, 2014 at 12:37

it is ver good but sometimes it will against us!!so we should to do experiments very careful...........thats fine...........

Charlie

January 29, 2014 at 12:51

Although this seems quite groutesique, I do belive in pushing forward Science through genetic experimentation

Lila and Siddiqah

January 21, 2014 at 11:05

We agree it is useful but it shouldn't be experimented on animals!

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