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October 8 2012

Patient, Heal Thyself


Until last week, I don’t think I’d ever heard of the African spiny mouse. I’m guessing I’m probably not alone.

Apparently, they’re nice pets if you prefer an other-side-of-the-glass relationship. No question they’re cute things, only six inches or so long if you count their tails, and they have a rep for sucking down a lot of water. Oh, and you’re not supposed to pick them up by their tails.

Turns out the tail thing–namely that it can come off with great ease–is why this little furball was in the news. It’s also the reason the African spiny mouse could end up playing a big role in the future of medicine.

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