Blue M&M’s Turn Rats Blue and Help Heal Spinal Injuries: WTF?

Blue RatHere’s a really crazy “health” story in 2009 from CNN I recently found. If you want some technical info on this dye check out its Wikipedia page. Reports CNN Health:

The same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries, offering a better chance of recovery, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp.

The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue. The results of the study, published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” build on research conducted by the same center five years ago.

In August 2004, scientists revealed how Adenosine triphosphate, which is known as ATP and described as the “energy currency of life,” surges to the spinal cord soon after injury occurs.

Researchers found that the sudden influx of ATP killed off healthy cells, making the initial injury far worse. But when they injected oxidized ATP into the injury, it was found to block the effect of ATP, allowing the injured rats to recover and walk again.

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  • justagirl

    AAWWW!!

  • justagirl

    AAWWW!!

  • The_Finn

    I feel terrible for wanting a blue mouse right now…

    • Seamus Dubh

      But it’s still too damn cute.

    • Belcat

      There are rats with a blue-grey (slate blue) coat available, though you will need to look around.
      I wonder if this effect can be achieved by feeding them blue dye? Seems harmless enough…

  • The_Finn

    I feel terrible for wanting a blue mouse right now…

  • Seamus Dubh

    But it’s still too damn cute.

  • Belcat

    There are rats with a blue-grey (slate blue) coat available, though you will need to look around.
    I wonder if this effect can be achieved by feeding them blue dye? Seems harmless enough…

  • Anonymous

    got the blues..

  • gondolfin

    got the blues..

  • http://www.fajasshapewear4.co.cc fajas colombianas

    It just doesn’t look right though.

  • Wh666-666

    I think you’re all missing the point and focusing on a rat.

    This is promising for humans suffering from spinal injuries.

  • Wh666-666

    I think you’re all missing the point and focusing on a rat.

    This is promising for humans suffering from spinal injuries.

    • http://twitter.com/ElectricBlue32 Allison Hoffman

      cool story, bro

  • nez

    I think we all now know how The Beast came to be Professor X’s main scientist. Self testing is for the win.

  • nez

    I think we all now know how The Beast came to be Professor X’s main scientist. Self testing is for the win.

  • http://twitter.com/ElectricBlue32 Allison Hoffman

    cool story, bro

  • http://www.subgenius.com Rocknar

    “I just can’t understand it. They all end up turning into blueberries.”
    – Willy Wonka

  • http://www.subgenius.com Rocknar

    “I just can’t understand it. They all end up turning into blueberries.”
    – Willy Wonka