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Mouse cloned from drop of blood
June 30, 2013 7:42 AM   Subscribe

Scientists in Japan have cloned a mouse from a single drop of blood. (via)
posted by kliuless (33 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hurm.
posted by vrakatar at 7:44 AM on June 30, 2013


Next up: taking a crack at the Shroud of Turin.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:45 AM on June 30, 2013 [16 favorites]


Why do you have a needle in your hand?
posted by arcticseal at 7:46 AM on June 30, 2013


Hold still please Mr. Depp. This won't hurt a bit.
posted by headnsouth at 7:59 AM on June 30, 2013 [10 favorites]


From the article: The efficiency of cloning from these cell types was very good...

From the Human Genome Project: More than 90% of cloning attempts fail to produce viable offspring. More than 100 nuclear transfer procedures could be required to produce one viable clone.

Somatic cell nuclear transfer isn't really known for "efficiency," is it? Cloning is cool science, for sure, but when I read things like, "A team at a linked institute recently revealed they had produced almost 600 mice from one donor mouse after 25 consecutive rounds of cloning," I can't help wondering how many failed clones were part of the process. Seems to me an important/relevant/interesting part of the story, but it's almost never included in news reports about the latest cloning success.
posted by mediareport at 8:07 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


"no, pinky, you don't need a nurse's cap and a cold stethoscope - hurry up, the world is waiting!"
posted by pyramid termite at 8:09 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


More mice! Hooray!
posted by Spatch at 8:23 AM on June 30, 2013 [12 favorites]


Woolly mammoth, please!
posted by Sys Rq at 8:44 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


So did ALL the Astro Zombies close out their accounts? Is there even one left anywhere? If so, can we get just one lil ole fingerstick?
posted by jfuller at 9:14 AM on June 30, 2013


Next up, a theme park filled with gigantic prehistoric mice. Beware the velocamouse.
posted by vorpal bunny at 9:30 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Double.
posted by yoink at 9:32 AM on June 30, 2013 [11 favorites]


Reeeeallly?
posted by Decani at 9:45 AM on June 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


You want a mouse? I can get you a mouse, believe me. There are ways, dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you a mouse by 3 o'clock this afternoon. Fuckin' amateurs.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:57 AM on June 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


velocimouse /latin
posted by idiopath at 10:15 AM on June 30, 2013


Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:20 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Isn't this playing Mouse God? Don't anger him, it's terrible.
posted by thelonius at 10:24 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Meanwhile, researchers have recently claimed to have successfully 'reprogrammed' somatic (human) cells into patient-specific pluripotent embryonic stem cells using SCNT (the same core technique used to produce this mouse). [paywalled ScienceDirect link to actual paper].
posted by polychora at 10:36 AM on June 30, 2013


Isn't this playing Mouse God? Don't anger him, it's terrible.

The problem is the Mouse God's copyright on mice seems to extend forever.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:46 AM on June 30, 2013 [5 favorites]


Hold still please Mr. Depp. This won't hurt a bit.

There was a recent thread about the WI-38 stem cell line and one of the big controversies was how these lines were developed from tissues without the consent of the donor.

Being able to clone someone from a single drop of blood surely opens the door to moral dilemmas which for which there will be no easy solution.

On the other hand, the future army of slave clones is going to be really good looking. Pity Angelina Jolie has defective DNA. Maybe they can fix that too while they're at it.
posted by three blind mice at 11:35 AM on June 30, 2013


Call me when they can clone a pizza from a single drop of pepperoni.

then i will leave it out on the counter for a few days and voila, TONS of mice.
posted by not_on_display at 11:57 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mouse blood for the Mouse Blood God!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:38 PM on June 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


And skulls for his throne. Mice love skulls.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:54 PM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Why yes, Jimmy, they have real live pandas at the store. Did you ask Santa?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 2:26 PM on June 30, 2013


Mouse gods from the mouse blood!
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:26 PM on June 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


What's the interest in an infant Depp clone?
posted by ODiV at 3:47 PM on June 30, 2013


Seriously! Don't you know what the US military does when we get to Depp Clone One?
posted by Pater Aletheias at 4:07 PM on June 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


And if I know anything about Japan, the cloned mouse was flipping adorable.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 4:22 PM on June 30, 2013


But it was evil, right?
posted by Flannery Culp at 4:23 PM on June 30, 2013


Sanrio will have this in the store by next week.
posted by arcticseal at 7:40 PM on June 30, 2013


Can Lobo be far behind? I think not.
posted by ooga_booga at 8:25 PM on June 30, 2013


Looks like they didn't clone all his ear properly though...
posted by zeoslap at 10:04 PM on June 30, 2013


And if I know anything about Japan, the cloned mouse was flipping adorable.

blast it, you made me google "mouse anime".
posted by Zed at 10:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Scientists Fabricate Rudimentary Human Livers
posted by homunculus at 1:28 PM on July 5, 2013


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