Creative Scientists

by Laurie on Jul. 28th, 2009

Thank goodness for creative scientists! There is a new report out that Brilliant blue G, a derivative of a commonly used blue food color (FD&C blue No. 1), can improve recovery from a spinal cord injury. This study found in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," is summarized in TheScientist.com and in a CNN article.

I read that currently only 15% of all people with spinal cord injuries can even be treated in the emergency room so this is a potential treatment for 85% of all spinal cord injuries. And the better news is the rats in the study showed only one side effect, they temporarily turned blue. The researchers are applying for permission to test it in humans - I hope it works as well as it did in the rats.

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Anonymous says:

It'd be cool to have a blue rat for a pet!

posted on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 11:50pm
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Anonymous says:

I think that is mean and blue rats would be weird

posted on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 3:47pm

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