Swiss scientists have created ‘super mice’ that are stronger than regular mice and can last twice as long before getting tired. The discovery could pave the way for new regenerative techniques to help humans.
Scientists at the Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology at Lausanne reduced the function of a natural inhibitor, NCoR1, which they believed was holding back muscle development. Sure enough, the mice developed significantly more effective muscle tissue than usual.
The technique could now be used to help the elderly to develop stronger muscles, although it has a potential dark side as well since it could possibly be used by athletes seeking to gain a competitive advantage. More testing is going to be carried out before a decision is made.