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  1.    #61  
    This is just cool...
    (Can anyone find a bigger picture? I want to see the it close up.)

    Ancient spider guts revealed in 3-D
    Scientists used digital wizardry to scan bug through its amber grave

    High-resolution scans of the ancient spider result in 3-D images from different angles
    The male spider is about the size of a pinhead (or a stack of three salt grains) and lived during the early Eocene epoch, from about 55 million to nearly 34 million years ago.


    The fossil was found preserved in amber in the Paris Basin in France.


    Instead of physical dissection, Penney and his colleagues used Very High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography to scan the bug through its amber grave.

    The resulting 3-D reconstructions could be sectioned and viewed from various angles, essentially allowing for digital dissection of the spider specimen.

    “This technique essentially generates full 3-D reconstructions of minute fossils and permits digital dissection of the specimen to reveal the preservation of internal organs," Penney said.

    Last edited by HobbesIsReal; 11/08/2007 at 03:57 AM.
  2.    #62  
    This is potentially huge.....

    Meet the supermouse bred by genetic scientists that CAN'T get cancer

    Mice resistant to cancer have been created in a breakthrough that could lead to a human treatment free of side-effects.

    A protein produced by the creatures may hold the key to a future therapy.

    It attacks tumour cells, but does not harm healthy tissue in the body.


    These creatures were found to be immune to many forms of the disease, such as cancer of the liver and prostate, the journal Cancer Research reports.......Crucially, the animals did not suffer any visible side-effects, the U.S. scientists said.


    In time, it may be possible to adapt the method to treat people, with the gene, or a similar gene, being introduced into the body through bone marrow transplants.

    But such a treatment is at least ten years away.

  3. #63  
    A new study was published today in the journal "Genes and Development" about a naturally occurring protein that triggers hair growth when it is injected into skin. Pretty cool, huh?
  4.    #64  
    I wonder how much potential or hype is in this statement from one of the articles you linked to as that would be HUGE:

    Evidence suggests laminin-511 could lead to more than fuller heads of hair: researchers believe the molecule might have the ability to regenerate other developing tissues, like limbs or even organs; but further tests are necessary to understand exactly how that process works.
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