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Is it possible to heal like Wolverine ?


Posted on Thursday, 14 November, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments


The gene was discovered by accident. Image Credit: sxc.hu

Superhuman healing could one day be possible thanks to the discovery of the 'fountain of youth' gene.

Science fiction characters, such as the X-Men's Wolverine and Claire Bennet in Heroes, have often been portrayed with the superhuman ability to heal even the most grievous wounds almost instantly. But how feasible is this and could it be possible to enable such extreme healing in the real world ?

Scientists believe they have come one step closer to making this a reality thanks to the discovery of a special gene nicknamed the "fountain of youth" gene. When activated, this gene has the ability to facilitate rapid healing and even limb regeneration in mice. Researchers believe the gene could make it possible to do the same in humans as well.

An accidental discovery, the gene appears to regulate self-renewal of stem cells and can be activated either through genetic manipulation or through a combination of drugs.

"It sounds like science fiction, but Lin28a could be part of a healing cocktail that gives adults the superior tissue repair seen in juvenile animals," said George Daley of Boston Children's Hospital who made the discovery while conducting cancer research.

   
Source: cnet.com | Comments (8)

Tags: Wolverine, Healing


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by HecticSherlock on 14 November, 2013, 15:51
Why can't it just be natural? I'm sure we could all do it, if we just will it to be. :p
Comment icon #2 Posted by brainiac on 15 November, 2013, 8:14
I just hope it can regenerate a much bigger cells/tissues like the penis for example (^_^)
Comment icon #3 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 15 November, 2013, 8:20
Harry strange vs. Wolverine...... Pop tarts anyone LOL
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lex540 on 15 November, 2013, 9:51
really do you know why they call them science fiction movies. Because they are fiction really tha simple!!!!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 on 15 November, 2013, 12:24
I would suspect the 507 year old mollusk has already solved these issues.
Comment icon #6 Posted by WoIverine on 15 November, 2013, 21:42
Not really sure who Harry Strange is, but Wolverine wins.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 16 November, 2013, 6:15
Oh Harry strange is just a paranormal detective from podcasts I listen too.... he heal also and can't really die.... yet.... plus he whoops all unnatural buttocks so I figured he'd have a chance against wolverine ....
Comment icon #8 Posted by WoIverine on 19 November, 2013, 15:00
Hmm, maybe, you never know. Could he take Batman?
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