Friday, February 18, 2005

147: Resurrecting dead bone

Gene therapy converts dead bone graft to new, living tissue | Science Blog:

Researchers have created a way to transform the dead bone of a transplanted skeletal graft into living tissue in an experiment involving mice. The advance, which uses gene therapy to stimulate the body into treating the foreign splint as living bone, is a promising development for the thousands of cancer and trauma patients each year who suffer with fragile and failing bone grafts. The findings were posted online Feb. 13 and will appear in the March 1 issue of Nature Medicine.
Why are they talking about using results from mice to cure human diseases?

Common descent means evolution means that mice and people are not so different.