Mighty mouse conquers cancer
June 29, 2008 7:49 PM Subscribe
posted by greatgefilte (20 comments total)
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1999: Researchers at Wake Forest University
discover an incredible oddity: a mouse resistant to many forms of cancer
. The resistance is found to be inherited
(Pubmed link). 2006: They show that cancer resistance can be transferred
(Pubmed link) to non-resistant mice. 2008: They've found that the resistance is mediated through blood cells called granulocytes
, and that some humans potentially have the same ability to resist cancer. Now they need your help
Also: the discoverer, Zheng Cui, describes "The winding road to the discovery of the SR/CR mice"
. Just another instance of Asimov's famous quip, "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny...'" Makes you wonder why they haven't found the mutation that causes the resistance, though.