Dolphins May Teach Humans How To Heal

Photo: Mark Interrante (CC)

Photo: Mark Interrante (CC)

Maureen Langlois reports on the amazing healing powers of dolphins, for NPR:

Dr. Michael Zasloff, a surgeon and researcher at Georgetown University, is famous for discovering compounds in the skin of frogs and sharks that can fight disease in humans.

Now, he’s tapping another animal to mine the secrets of its immune system. It turns out dolphins have a remarkable ability to heal quickly—and seemingly painlessly—from severe shark bites. Zasloff hopes that learning how dolphins resist infection and use stem cells to rebuild missing tissue will provide some insight into how to help injured humans.

To do this research, Zasloff reviewed the “clinical histories” of a few dolphins who recently succumbed to shark bites. He also interviewed all the dolphin experts he could find. His results appeared in a letter in the online version of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Shots caught up with Zasloff last week to learn more about his adventures in dolphin biology.

Q: OK, so imagine a human and a dolphin both being bitten by a shark. How would the healing process differ between the two?

Well, the dolphin wouldn’t hemorrhage…or have any infection, which is miraculous. And despite having sustained massive tissue injury, within about month the animal will restore its normal body contour. There’ll be some surface markings, but a chunk of tissue maybe the size of a football will have been restored with essentially no deformity.

And what is equally amazing is that handlers who know these animals will tell you that they observe absolutely no indications in the animal’s behavior that it’s in pain…

[continues at NPR]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Jesus! Don’t let big pharma get their hands on this concept…the only way they could manage to synthezise something useful from dolphins would be through some elaborate process that inevitably involves raping baby dolphins with chainsaws and then adding heavy metals and other toxins to the leftover goo.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Jesus! Don’t let big pharma get their hands on this concept…the only way they could manage to synthezise something useful from dolphins would be through some elaborate process that inevitably involves raping baby dolphins with chainsaws and then adding heavy metals and other toxins to the leftover goo.

  • Anonymous

    You know you want to suck my gigantic dick you sorry fucking queer. Stay away from children you fat ass dick ass. You like talking about raping baby dolphins do you queer. The government should have you all arrested and thrown in cocksuckers prison.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    You know how to have a good immune system? Eat a proper diet, and don’t be so obsessed with cleanliness, get dirty sometimes. And stop using antibacterial soap and stuff.

  • Anarchy Pony

    You know how to have a good immune system? Eat a proper diet, and don’t be so obsessed with cleanliness, get dirty sometimes. And stop using antibacterial soap and stuff.

  • wizard

    dolphins can teach humans how to shut the fuck up most of the time….

  • wizard

    dolphins can teach humans how to shut the fuck up most of the time….

  • dexthor xedd

    “He also interviewed all the dolphin experts he could find.”
    He should’ve interveiwed all the DOLPHINS first!

  • dexthor xedd

    “He also interviewed all the dolphin experts he could find.”
    He should’ve interveiwed all the DOLPHINS first!

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