Wednesday, March 02, 2005

266: Mouse genes, human osteoporosis

Protein builds bigger, better bones | Science Blog:

Leaping tall buildings in a single bound may be out of the question, but the genetically engineered "supermice" in Ormond MacDougald's laboratory at the University of Michigan Medical School are definitely stronger than average. With bone mass up to four times greater than ordinary mice, these research animals could hold the secret to new drugs for preventing or treating osteoporosis and other human diseases.
The same genes in both species: common descent. The cure for osteoporosis: priceless.