Biologists Discover Genes That Repair Nerves

Submitted by: piperfawn 5 years ago in Science
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921144604.htm

Am I the only one that thinks this is the classic begin of a Zombie Apocalypse?
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Male 15,510
Umbrella company must be behind all this
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Female 295
@Isobel, by nerve-regeneration, they mean the dendrites and axons are regrowing, not the cell-body. The cell body is very much alive, just not able to communicate. Thus, no cell-regeneration is going on.

/facepalm
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Female 245
@Justin9235: "And those of you who speak of immortality or resurrection are idiots and don`t understand basic biology /facepalm Nerves = feeling ... cells = life. If it was cellular regeneration, then yes we`re talking about never aging and never dying of old age. "
/Facepalm
Nerves are made of neural cells.
Nerve regeneration = cellular regeneration.
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Female 295
"So while they`re hiding out from shotgun-wielding day-walkers, they can be making zombie babies."

....

You`re right. Let`s just go with our original plan. o.o;;
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Male 2,586
ooo, knockout mutants... science has made a giant leap!!!

/sarcasm

There are tons of ways they could have done this... knockouts, upregulation, gene silencing/ RNAi... or even just running all the cellular proteins on an SDS gel and cutting the axon then doing it again and doing a `spot the difference`

meh
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Male 3,076
[quote]zombie babies[/quote]


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Male 17,512
How the hell did this get twisted into a `Zombie` conversation ?
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Male 936
even if zombies could feel pain, they would still need the brain power to realize getting shot going after a human is going to hurt. It would only help slow their attacks down, but it wouldnt stop them from coming altogether
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Male 2,513

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Male 15,832
Of course, if zombies could feel pain, they would also feel pleasure, giving them an incentive to reproduce. So while they`re hiding out from shotgun-wielding day-walkers, they can be making zombie babies.
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Female 295
@Justin9235
Actually, if you think about it, this would be the end to a zombie apocalypse. If zombies were capable of feeling pain, they would run away from people (or be unable to move after getting shot because the pain was so bad). Eventually they would avoid humanity at all costs and cases of Zombies would be minimal. Then we`d hunt them down from helicopters. Mass extinction of the zombie race. Course...getting this into the zombie population would be a problem.

I digress. Clearly, Piperfawn (or IAB if they changed his original caption) does not understand biology.
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Male 1,582
Nothing stated in here has anything to do with zombies. And those of you who speak of immortality or resurrection are idiots and don`t understand basic biology /facepalm Nerves = feeling ... cells = life. If it was cellular regeneration, then yes we`re talking about never aging and never dying of old age.
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Male 145
Don`t you guys watch zombie movies? There is never mention of zombies until it is too late. I`ve wanted to get a rifle for a while... maybe this is a sign that I should?
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Male 698
Closer to immortality
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Male 234
We always new that peripheral nerves (ie the ones in your arms & legs) can regrow, but CNS (ie brain and spine) can`t. This just gives us a mechanism, not sure how useful it will be, I`d worry if you inhibit they growth inhibitor that you could develop CNS tumors. We`ll see if this leads anywhere though, good find.
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Male 2,440
No mention of anything zombie-related. tsk tsk
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Male 462
All nerve repair will do is bring feeling back to disabled limbs. Not resurrect a dead person..

Also, perhaps the scientists could somehow salvage the axon growth inhibitors to have medication specifically damage the axons in a certain area of the body and restricting axon growth temporarily, becoming a fast acting painkiller, but at the expense of losing all feeling wherever the pain is.
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Male 25,416
Sweet... one step close to zombie world. So what will be first zombies or robots to take over the world!
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Male 911
Wtf? the thumb nail stole my picture!
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Female 295
Yes. Nerve repair =/= resurrection
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Male 5,081
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