Scientists Clone Mouse From Single Drop Of Blood

drop of bloodIt starts with a just mouse. But next, Hitler? Via Medical News Today:

For the first time, scientists in Japan have cloned a mouse using just a drop of blood taken from its tail. The result is important because it gives scientists a new way to preserve strains of lab mice for the study of human diseases. It opens the door to a way of producing clones almost as soon as the cells are retrieved, with minimal risk to the donor.

The female clone proved to be fertile by natural mating and lived for 23 months, which is about normal for a lab mouse, researchers from RIKEN BioResource Center in Tsukuba, Japan, report in a paper published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction on 26 June.

Since the world’s first successful reproductive animal cloning that resulted in Dolly the Sheep in 1996, nearly 20 different mammal species have been cloned.

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3 Responses to Scientists Clone Mouse From Single Drop Of Blood

  1. Zenc July 9, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Just imagine what they could clone from like, a whole pint of blood.

  2. Microhero July 9, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I find the picture entertainingly missleading as it seems that the mouse was cloned out of a drop of human blood.

    I’d like to see the japanese try that!!

  3. atlanticus July 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME!

    NOW I HAVE TO BURN ALL OF MY TAMPONS AFTER USE!

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