posted on Mar, 2 2008 @ 05:57 PM
What kind of mice do they want ?
I know a bit about this because my Uncle is a Molecular Oncologist and is involved in genetics. He holds the patent on the shiverer mouse used in
research on specific ailments, specifically muscular dystrophy.
His specialties include myelin gene regulation and working with the axonal cytoskeleton in cells.
I may not understand his work, but I do know this....
Researchers custom make mice with specific defects to aid them in their work.
There are many patented mice that are bred and shipped all over the world to do specific research, and there are companies around the world that will
custom design mice to your specific needs.
The entire article
posted is pure
speculation, and the fact that Polonium is even mentioned tells me that someone is promoting a fear factor over what could be nothing more than what
goes on daily in labs everywhere.
From the source link:
Bloggers suggested that the mice were needed for experiments with polonium210, the radioactive poison used to kill Alexander Litvinenko, the
former KGB agent, in London.
So we're going to run with a story based on what some unidentified bloggers suggested.:shk:
EDIT: I wanted to add this news story for additional information.
When it comes to the price of mice, you pay extra for defects.
A mouse with arthritis runs close to $200; two pairs of epileptic mice can cost 10 times that. You want three blind mice? That’ll run you about
$250. And for your own custom mouse, with the genetic modification of your choosing, expect to pay as much as $100,000.
Always a mainstay of scientific research, mice have become a critical tool in the quest for new drugs and medical treatments because their genes are
remarkably similar to a person’s.
[edit on 2/3/2008 by anxietydisorder]