One step closer to the first superhuman?

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  1. kainedamo

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,307616,00.html

    Look! On the treadmill! In the lab! It's 'Mighty Mouse'!

    Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have created a race of genetically engineered super-mice.

    The zippy rodents are more active, leaner and have more sexual stamina and longer lifespans than ordinary mice.

    "They are metabolically similar to Lance Armstrong biking up the Pyrenees; they utilize mainly fatty acids for energy and produce very little lactic acid," senior researcher Richard W. Hanson said in a news release Wednesday.

    • Click here to read the full news release.

    On an inclined treadmill that slowly got faster and faster, ordinary mice were able to run about 19 minutes on average; the super-mice kept it up for an average of 31 minutes.

    • Click here to see a video of the mouse race.

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    Cat Genome Mostly Decoded for First Time Scientists: Genetic Ancestry Tests Mostly Bogus Neanderthals Had Language Gene Identical to Ours Chicago Researchers Look for 'Gay Gene' Tasmanian-Devil Cancer Epidemic Due to Genetics The genetically tweaked mice produce huge amounts of an enzyme called phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinases, or PEPCK-C for short.

    The overabundance of PEPCK-C radically changed the mice's metabolism, most remarkably in the relative lack of lactic acid, or lactate, in the blood after long periods of exercise. In ordinary mice, and in humans, lactic acid buildup rapidly leads to fatigue, cramps and sore muscles.

    "At the beginning of exercise, the concentration of lactate was similar in two groups of mice, but by the end of the exercise period, the control group had elevated levels of blood lactate with little change in the levels in the PEPCK-C mice," the researchers said.

    There is a downside, however. The ubermice eat 60 percent more food than their lumpen brethren, and are much more aggressive.

    About 500 of the longer-lived, longer-breeding, voracious and tough mice have been produced.
     
  2. kainedamo

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    I'm excited and aroused.
     
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    Immortalfire The Pain of Fast Air

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  6. bell110

    bell110 Drunk on Capitol Hill

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    Nice, sign me up.
     
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    destroy them before they escape.:down
     
  8. bullets

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    humans already have this its called steroids
     
  9. DV8

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    and now pinkie . . . it's time to take over the wooooorld!!
     
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    Ze Justice League plays pranks and also fails to restock ze HQ's crunchy peanut butter supply, and thus feel Uberman's wrath!

    Uberman: Vat teh fook iz thees? Der is no more crunchy vithin ein shelves!

    Batman: Haha, Uberman! Also, ve shorted your bedsheets und urinated upon your spare jackboots!

    Aquaman: Ya, und ve also svimmed in your toilette bowl, spreading our fishy germs everyvhere! hahaha!

    Uberman: Raaaargh!
     
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    Is anyone else getting tired of the hearing people claim that genetic engineering will lead eugenics and fascism? It’s time to stop *****ing about Hitler kiddies. Heaven forbid that we alter the human genome so that there’s less disease.
     
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    You're right. I mean, there's no way that this technology will get used by parents to design their children. Nobody's even expressed interest.

    :dry:

    I'm not saying it'll lead to fascism. In fact, the swastika was a joke. Still, it's opening up a nice can-o'-worms.
     

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