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unacceptable! (3, Insightful)

silverkniveshotmail. (713965) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452449)

ignoring PETA [naiaonline.org] : i wonder which organization will be first to denounce the use of this sort of thing in humans?

Re:unacceptable! (4, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452472)

The Union of Science Fiction Writers? Must be frustrating having your best ideas copied by reality so often.

Re:unacceptable! (1)

Eminence (225397) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452600)

The Union of Science Fiction Writers? Must be frustrating having your best ideas copied by reality so often.

Frustrating? Think of unpaid royalties and lost business. They should definitely sue...

(I know, I know, redundant, but I couldn't resist...).

Re:unacceptable! (2)

amidee (866652) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452530)

I think we will all give them a Nice Cup of STFU. There's no bioethics involved here.

Re:unacceptable! (1)

Compaq_Hater (911468) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452573)

well look at it this way, with this technology when you are old and can't get it up anymore you will be able to regenerate willy for a fun nght with a hooker. CH

Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452459)

"This is the first time this has been seen in mammals. The potential implications are positively mammoth."

Yes the mouse is a mammal and, yes, the mammoth was a mammal. There's no need to be redundant about it.

Re:Redundant (1)

BottleCup (691335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452576)

I think you're missing the whole point of this... Once this thing is approved for humans, this could mean new hope for Lorena Bobbit's husband?

Re:Redundant (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452611)

On the night of June 23, 1993, Bobbitt cut off her husband's sex organ with a kitchen knife as he lay sleeping in their Manassas, Virginia, home. She then drove off with the severed appendage and flung it out her car window. Police performed a diligent search and located it, and it was then surgically reattached

from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/lorena_bobbit [slashdot.org]

Obviously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452460)

The end of civilization as we know it.

Again.

Start building better mousetraps! (4, Funny)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452462)

The potential implications are positively mammoth.

Yeah, it means we have to aim for the head when the monster-mice attack. Personally, I welcome our new genetically modified near-unkillable regenerative mice overlords.

That aside, I first thought they had made a computer mouse that generated power when moved á la regenerative braking in electrical cars.

Re:Start building better mousetraps! (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452509)

Now we just have to watch out for mice that don't regenerate, they just generate tissue. Hulking, super-intelligent mice, anyone?

Re:Start building better mousetraps! (1)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452535)

I'd recommend a fully automatic 20-gauge, a flamethrower, genetically modified cats (eh we deal with them later on) or two M249 SAWs akimbo. No need to aim then...

Re:Start building better mousetraps! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452554)

with frickin laser beams attatched to their backs!

Re:Start building better mousetraps! (1)

fuzheado (733418) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452568)

In an Itchy and Scratchy episode, "Scratchtasia", Itchy is chopped up into little bits by Scratchy, only to be regenerated time and again. Eventually, the chopped up dust of the mouse infiltrates Scratchy's lungs, where he is chopped up from the inside out.

In case you're still not convinced the future is already entirely laid out by The Simpsons.

finally (3, Interesting)

rk87 (622509) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452468)

I do hope this is applied to humans soon. there are way too many people on waiting lists for heart, liver, kidney transplants. Also, maybe this is a new hope for people that have gotten limbs amputated, or were born with defects.

Re:finally (4, Informative)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452494)

Don't get your hopes up. Medical break throughs tend to take a quite long time before they reach a hospital near you. (think Duke4Ever timescales) Thing is that medical research requires so many experiments to prove it is really save for use on humans, before it is allowed to be used in hospitals.

Am I the only one that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452477)

scientists have created mice which can regenerate absolutely any tissue excpet for the tissues of the brain. Heart, lungs, entire limbs, you name it.

Am I the only one that read that as "which can regenerate absolutely any tissue excpet for the tissues of the brain, Heart, lungs, entire limbs, you name it."

Re:Am I the only one that (1)

lanswitch (705539) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452549)

You are not the only one who doen'ts know the difference between a comma and a point.

Wrong countries (5, Informative)

Zirjin (842301) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452478)

The slashdot summary says Australian scientists, but the article says "US Research Lab" and US based researchers. Unless there is some information that I am missing, I would say that this was a US breakthrough.

Re:Wrong countries (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452521)

Of course. Everything was invented in the US, it's a shame anyone casted a doubt upon you. Even if the scientists were German and were "obtained" through Operation Paperclip or immigrated otherwise, it was all invented in the US, fo shizzle!

Now get back to you TV, FOX is missing a viewer.

No Shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452525)

It's an Australian paper talking about research going on in the US, by US scientists, which is going to be presented at a British conference.

This has nothing to do with Australia, sorry guys.

(Note that this is just news syndication going on here. News is widely shared between different organizations. The actual news desk at any given news outlet is usually quite small.)

He's correct....US based (4, Informative)

deft (253558) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452526)

The only thing about this news that's Australian is the name of the paper you decided to link the story from.

A search for the researchers name comes up with her working at Penn State, in the good ol' U.S.A.

"Heber-Katz, who is also an adjunct professor in the pathology and laboratory medicine department at Penn's School of Medicine, now devotes about 80 percent of her time to mapping the gene loci that confer these unique regeneration properties and analyzing their patterns of expression."

Re:Wrong countries (1)

BRonsk (759601) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452555)

You would think the editor did indeed RTFA... Alas, they are humans like most of us and RTFAing is just too much of a burden.

Oh, wait...

Re:Wrong countries (5, Funny)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452567)

Unless there is some information that I am missing, I would say that this was a US breakthrough.

Yes, true, but the linked article was in an Australiam newspaper. That makes it an Australiam discovery, based on the little known "mention us in print and it's ours" clause of the Aus-US free trade agreement.

Re:Wrong countries (4, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452584)

The slashdot summary says Australian scientists

No, the slashdot title sayd Australian science, while the summary says Australiam scientists.

Obviously this was a New Zealander who submitted this, pretending to be an Australian to make us all look stupid.

WRONG (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452592)

Australiam scientists! GET IT RIGHT!

Re:Wrong countries (5, Funny)

madaxe42 (690151) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452603)

Actually, it says 'Australiam', not 'Australian'. Everybody knows that Australiam is another word for 'American', used by peruvian moose hunters living in Berlin, while wearing their kitten-skin hats.

Australiam scientists (0)

addie (470476) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452622)

Ah yes... but the article summary says it's Australiam scientists so clearly we're talking about a hybrid.

Slashdot editor's brains (3, Funny)

steman (685261) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452630)

Unfortunately this breakthrough doesn't apply to brains, so the Slashdot editors are screwed.

This scientist... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452480)

...his name wasn't Dr. Connors by chance was it? Accept since this guy was messing around with mice I guess we'd be calling him "The Rodent" instead of "The Lizard."

Obligatory Simpsons reference... (1)

dostick (69711) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452482)

Homer has both his arms stuck in two wending machines...

Fireman with saw: Mr. Simpson, there's no easy way to say this, were going to have to saw your arms off.
Homer: Ohhhh, but they'll grow back, won't they?
Fireman: Yeah, sure. They'll grow back.
Other fireman: Aren't you just holding on to the can?
Homer: Your point being ... ?

Let me be the first to say... (-1, Redundant)

aurb (674003) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452483)

I, for one, welcome our new Australian Regenerating Mouse Overlords!

amazing (5, Interesting)

Polybius (743489) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452485)

Could this be used in conjunction with other gene therapy to reverse birth defects in people like ectrodactyl hands. Cut them off and make them regenerate as a normal hand? Or entire new arms for Thalidomide babies? Would someone blind from birth generate the ability to see or is that too heavily dependant on brain tissue?

Mouseman (5, Funny)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452487)

So if one of those bites me do i become mouseman?
Do i get the amazing ability to pee all over the place and crawl into small spaces?
Or do i need to irradiate it first?

Zombie mice! (4, Funny)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452488)

Since Australia already has a huge problem with billions of unwanted rodents, rabbits, rats and mice in particular, I don't know what the advent of zombie creatures will bring them now. Oh yes, they will never leave the lab. That's what they want us to believe.

Not to be fearful again, but ahem, do we really need mammals that can only be killed by headshots? Don't these guys ever learn from zombie movies? Think of the CHILDREN!!! I guess it's time to zip over to S-Mart and grab a shotgun, because I KNOW some mouse will sooner or later BITE one of the scientists and then all hell breaks loose.

Anyone seen Bruce Campbell lately? We might need him.

Skepsis? (2, Insightful)

Xner (96363) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452489)

Can anyone familiar with the pubblication in question give us any details? The claims are quite extraordinary, and I certainly would do a double-take even if I read them in Science or Nature. I just want to rule out getting all excited then finding out it's the Australian version of The Onion, that's all...

By the same token, if these people go public with it they probably already have a preprint up somewhere. Anyone in the field know anything?

Re:Skepsis? (1)

Namarrgon (105036) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452558)

It's a major Australian newspaper, and not in the habit of claiming any old thing.

I'd still like to see corroboration, though.

Re:Skepsis? (2, Informative)

_Hellfire_ (170113) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452564)

The Australian is Australia's national level newspaper. It's quite well respected and generally deals with Australia wide events and news.

The Power (1)

orz (88387) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452490)

Am I the only one who thinks that phrases like "gained the power of regeneration" are more appropriate for comic books or RPGs than professors of immunology announcing research results? : )

Did you say "Mammoth" ? (0, Redundant)

Ray Alloc (835739) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452491)

So you think they can regrow an entire mammoth from a simple amputated mouse ? /Don't think so

Attn. Editors (-1, Redundant)

dtietze (708094) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452496)

Hello? Wake up!! Where are you?

Australiam scientists? What's that? And what does excpet for the tissues of the brain mean? I guess, if the brain doesn't grow back, the mouse is an ex-pet. But why the "c"?

Dan.

Ozi Ozi Ozi (1)

Darkling-MHCN (222524) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452498)

Oi! Oi! Oi?

Hey when I read the article, it kinda says "Wistar Institute, a US biomedical research centre"... Hmmm that would mean it's US not Australian scientists.... Hmmm....

But the story is on "The Australian"... So if we can claim Russel Crowe is Australian (god knows why... the bloody Kiwi is an embaressment) I guess we can also claim ownership of this.

Yet another scientific advance (1, Troll)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452500)

..that will never make it to human trials in America. Reason? It's another one of those taboo research topics; it's fine and dandy to clone a sheep or a mouse, it's fine to use crocodiles to fight HIV, it's acceptible to take a look at the human genes for eye-color and hair color, but the minute you even mention any of these actually going into clinical trials, or even attempting to get government funding, and you're shutdown for life.

The research climate in this country's starting to get ridiculous. We hear about all of these new advances almost daily in the news, but we're still waiting to see any practical use come from them. These are things that save lives, things that make terrible diseases easier to fight.

I know if I lost an arm or a leg or more importantly a heart or lung, I'd love the ability to grow one back..

Australiam (1)

scolbe (236243) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452503)

gee.. that sounds like a neat place to live..
huh.. wuzzat?..
oh Australian.. nevermind I'm already there ;)

And it's not literally either (-1, Troll)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452510)

...which can regenerate absolutely any tissue except...

Then it's not absolutely any, is it?

Opening of Q3A source pays off (3, Funny)

lxs (131946) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452512)

You see why open source is a good thing? The Quake 3 source hasn't been open for a month and already the REGENERATION upgrade has been incorporated into mice. Now let's all hope and pray that the QUAD DAMAGE code doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

I wonder... (1)

DeathByDuke (823199) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452518)

How they'd treat a person who has a heart damaged say, in a car crash, or was pierced by an object?

put them on a heart machine while the heart regenerates itself? This sort of technology would certainly put an end to transplants.

Evolutions conclusions being meddled with? (1)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452522)

"Scientists have long known that less complex creatures have an impressive ability to regenerate. Many fish and amphibians can regrow internal organs or even whole limbs."

It occurs to me that anything that'd let your penis grow back and therefore let one breed more (excluding slashdotters) wouldn't be dropped from the feature list for more 'complex' lifeforms without a whopper of a bug.

Re:Evolutions conclusions being meddled with? (3, Insightful)

CrazedWalrus (901897) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452615)

I assume you're referring to natural selection -- a random process that drops good and bad features alike, as long as the creature isn't outright killed by the omission? Bummer that. Be careful assigning 'Intelligence' to anything so brute.

Everlasting mouse ! (1)

alexhs (877055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452523)

So thanks to this new technology, I won't need to buy a new mouse after having crushed it into the wall when losing to some random FPS or RTS !

Outstanding !

(X) Mice-rin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452524)

I for one welcome our new adamantium-skeleton mouse over...oh, wait!

Poor mice. (1)

cablepokerface (718716) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452528)

I think humans and their wellbeing are superior to mice so some expirimenting should be allowed. Although this:

It is quite remarkable. The only organ that did not grow back was the brain.

made me frown a bit. So they actually removed a piece of the brain of a mouse while keeping it alive?

Re:Poor mice. (1)

stupid_is (716292) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452610)

I guess they did - the bastards. Oh, wait, someone does it to 8-year old girls [sfgate.com] .

I've seen a few programs on the telly that show treatments for certain mental disorders that involve removing segments of the brain. That's the only reference I could dig out with a quick Google, but I'm sure there are others.

This is cool and all.. (3, Insightful)

Ztream (584474) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452529)

..but I'm sceptical. Really, if this can be controlled by just changing a dozen genes, then why on earth do we (mammals) not have this ability already? It would obviously be a huge evolutionary advantage -- unless there are some pretty grim side effects.

Sterility perhaps?

As someone else here pointed out, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and, in these cases, extraordinary caution. I'm looking forward to the results though.

Re:This is cool and all.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452599)

If sterility is a side-effect, donate some sperm to a sperm bank, then get the regenerative powerup.

Oversights (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452531)

Couple of errors in the summary:

The lab responsible is in the US not Australia, even though the report comes from The Australian. The paper isn't that parochial, you know.

Also, it sounds like a serendipitous discovery rather than intentional creation. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

As the work doesn't appear to have been published yet, my guess is that it will turn out to be a bit less remarkable than it currently sounds.

When I get old... (1)

corneliusagain (810256) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452532)

...put my brain in a bottle and let me regrow the rest? Intriguing.

Re:When I get old... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452575)

yep, and your brain will still be in the bottle...

A patent opportunity (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452539)

I hate to ask, but given the penchant of biotech copanies to patent anything that walks crawls or oozes, has this genetic sequence been patented?

Also I've always been fascinated to understand how a regenerated body part knows when to stop growing - visions of Tetsuo's transformations at the end of Akira come queasily to mind.

Did I read that right? (1)

dark grep (766587) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452550)

"Australiam scientists have created mice which can regenerate absolutely any tissue excpet for the tissues of the brain. Heart, lungs, entire limbs, you name it. This is the first time this has been seen in mammals. The potential implications are positively mammoth. I thought this warranted attention. :)"

What - a mouse can regenerate a Mammoth? And so can any mammal. Well, that bodes well for future of male cosmetic surgery.

brains (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452552)

It does not work for the brain though. Blondes will scream discrimation! if they can pronounce the word.

A mammal too far... (1)

moviepig.com (745183) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452556)

...positively mammoth...

Uh oh... bulding a Terminator mouse is one thing, but larger species are better left extinct...

While we're on the subject.... (1)

bananahammock (595781) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452561)

...check out Robert Becker's The Body Electric, a controversial yet superb look at the role of electricity in the regeneration of tissue and bone (mainly on salamanders) - or "energy medicine" to some.

As an aside, I understand that if a new born baby loses a fingertip, it will regenerate. Don't try this at home though. The question remains: why can't we as we get older?

Old news and not from Australia!?! (4, Informative)

sidney (95068) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452563)

The Wistar Institute is in the US and the publication list on this topic at the lead researcher's page [wistar.org] goes from 1998 to 2003.

So what makes this new or Australian?

Desquenne Clark, L., Clark, R., and Heber-Katz, E. 1998. A new model for mammalian wound repair and regeneration. Clin. Imm. and Immunopath. 88: 35-45.

McBrearty, B.A., Desquenne-Clark, L., Zhang, X-M., Blankenhorn, E.P., and Heber-Katz, E. 1998. Genetic analysis of a mammalian wound healing trait. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 95: 11792 - 11797.

Heber-Katz, E. 1999. The regenerating mouse ear. Seminars in Cell & Develop. Biol. 10:415-420.

Samulewicz, SJ, Clark,L, Seitz,A., and E. Heber-Katz. 2002. Expression of Pref-1, A Delta-Like Protein, in Healing Mouse Ears. Wound Repair and Regeneration, 10: 215-221.

Gourevich,D, Clark,L, Chen P, Seitz A, Samulewicz S, and E. Heber-Katz. 2003. Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity Correlates with Blastema Formation in the Regenerating MRL Ear Hole Model. Developmental Dynamics. 226; 377-387.

Blankenhorn EP, Troutman S, Desquenne Clark L., Zhang X-M, and E. Heber-Katz. 2003. Sexually dimorphic genes regulate healing and regeneration in the MRL/MpJ mouse. Mammalian Genome, In press.

Leferovich, J., Bedelbaeva, K., Samulewicz, S,, Xhang, X-M, Zwas, DR, Lankford, EB, and Heber-Katz, E. 2001. Heart regeneration in adult MRL mice. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 98: 9830-9835.

Heber-Katz,E., Leferovich, J., and K. Bedelbaeva. 2002. Spontaneous heart regeneration in adult MRL mice after cryo-injury. Gene Therapy and Regulation. 1:399-408; Leferovich, JM and E. Heber-Katz. 2002. The Scarless Heart. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology. 13: 327-333.

Seitz, A., Aglow, E., and E. Heber-Katz. 2002. Recovery from spinal cord injury: A new transection model in the C57BL/6 mouse. J. Neuroscience Research 67: 337:345.

Seitz, A, Kragol, M, Aglow, E, Showe, L. and E. Heber-Katz. 2003. Apo-E expression after spinal cord injury in the mouse. J. Neuroscience Research. 71: 417-387.

fuck ethics (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452569)

There I said it. If we can identify these genes in humans, then I say we start clinical trials right away. There are people who are going to die because they've suffered a horrible injury or are waiting for a transplant. Certainly some of them would jump at the chance for life. Do we always have to wait 20 years after a medical discovery before we even see any practical application of it?

Healing potions! (1)

Zawash (147532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452570)

..Now if we could implement this biotech into bottles of goo, we could have working healing potions!

The mind boggles at the possibilites..

Real life FPS, sharp swords in Live roleplaying etc etc - just drink a healing potion afterwards! ..And no head shots, mind you! ;)

Regeneration of english (-1, Flamebait)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452572)


"Australiam scientists have created mice which can regenerate absolutely any tissue excpet for the tissues of the brain. Heart, lungs, entire limbs, you name it. This is the first time this has been seen in mammals. The potential implications are positively mammoth. I thought this warranted attention. :)"


Australiam? What country is this motherfucker, ain't no country I ever heard of, they speak english in Australiam? English motherfucker, do you speak it? Then you know what I am saying?


Isn't it a contradiction if the mice can regenerate any tissue "excpet" for the heart, lungs, entire limbs "you name it"? So these mice cannot regenerate anything then? TYPE SENTENCE STRUCTURE PROPER! Poor post from the submitter and even poorer by slashdot because no fucker proof read the submission, god damn you guys suck.

Re:Regeneration of english (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452625)

There's a period between brain and heart changing the meaning of the paragraph considerably from your interpretation, might want to reread that.

Not new? (2, Interesting)

corbs (878524) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452578)

A quick search for Ellen Heber-Katz shows that these 'super mice' at least, have been known about for quite a while:

We were doing an experiment and my laboratory assistant went upstairs to ear punch the mice and 3 weeks later I went to see how the experiment was doing and when I looked in the cage I was horrified to see that the mice were there, but the ear, the ear holes were not.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/1999/living_f orever_script.shtml/ear [bbc.co.uk]

check the date...

Damn - I thought it was a PC mouse (1)

SalsaDot (772010) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452580)

And here was I hoping that they'd made a PC mouse that recharged its batteries from the motion as you use it ...

Patented Mice (1)

davro (539320) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452583)

The mice might be sued for regenerating without permission, or could they claim prior natural art ?

"The digits grew back, complete with Joints"
Ganja spliffs growing out of fingers to *ucking cool.

New penis enlargement spam? (1, Funny)

frinkacheese (790787) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452588)

I can see it now, the new penis enlargement spam. Simply grow a new penis on a mouse and attach, it really does work!

Cool (2, Funny)

CleverNickedName (644160) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452589)

I long for the day, in the far future, when I can lose an arm is a horrific fishing accident and automatically grow it back again.

Of course, waiting five years to have a toddler's arm hanging out of your shoulder isn't ideal either...

My how the US is the leader in biotechnology!!! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13452590)

Or not.

We hand our software industry off to India, and we put up barriers to the next "new" thing being biotech.

Long live Intelligent Design.
Long live making biotech illegal or un-funded.

I am off to returning to my Walmart job now.

Re:generate (2, Funny)

Zawash (147532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452595)

Oh no! Now we will have regenerating trolls in real life as well! ..This might be the end of slashdot as we know it!

Quick - do they regenerate fire damage and holy damage as well? What about +1 weapons?

Soon (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452597)

Great! So any time soon, violent thugs our children should be protected from and corporation executives -but I repeat myself- will be able to afford a terminator body accompanied by a terminated brain.

What does this say about evolution? (4, Interesting)

shirai (42309) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452606)

What's most curious about this is why less complex creatures have an enormous ability to regenerate but more complex ones don't. If it is a matter of a few genes, you would expect that random mutations would impart the self-regeneration trait onto us but evolution has chosen not to.

I can only surmise that for complex creatures, self-regeneration is not only worthless, but is undesirable (since no complex creatures seem to have self-regeneration but many less complex creatures do). This, of course applies to complex creatures as a species anyways. I think I'd find it extremely valuable for myself.

I don't know the answer but perhaps it has to do with the thinking aspect of complex creatures and how that affects mating. I'd be interested in hearing others hypothesize about this.

Mice are using us humans... (5, Funny)

ciupman (413849) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452614)

... to achieve immortality. We are working for them and still don't realize it.. Douglas Adams was right!!!!

In other news.... (1, Funny)

shri (17709) | more than 8 years ago | (#13452621)

Scientists at Slashdot have created a perl script which can regenerate absolutely any typos, except for those introduced by the editors.

This is the first time I've seen this on a website.

The implications are positively google.

I thought this warranted attention. :)
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