mice to men

I must be getting cranky in my older age when I am far more excited about a scientific discovery than in watching one, more ridiculous political debate. The real, ‘movers and shakers,’ we should be paying attention to are those who make the world a more beautiful place, not an uglier and more divided one.

So here’s the news: researchers in Australia have been able to restore brain function in mice! Granted, people are not mice, (though some politicians imply otherwise.). These scientists have been able to use a type of ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves gently open up the blood-brain barrier, (which is the layer that protects the brain against bacteria), and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglial cells are the waste-removal cells. Once activated, they are able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s!

This is crazy, wild, cutting-edge science and I am intrigued. Granted, by the time my own brain may have amyloid plaque it may be too late. However, imagine the possibilities for future generations. Frankly, I would rather pin my hopes on this kind of science than on any present, political candidate. So, don’t look for a sign in my yard or on my bumper with someone else’s name on it. My vote goes to those who actually make our lives better and more beautiful. And from artist to zoologist, you know who you are.


5 thoughts on “FROM MICE TO MEN?

  1. Nice article, my dear. Unfortunately and based on my experience in the political dumbness in my country, whatever science has to offer will get mangled in the political arena by those idiots who want to be addressed “honorables”) upstaging each other.


    • Oh, Joseph: How right you are. . .and what ‘honor’ is there in always jockeying for position for a place of prominence & power? All we can do is show our exuberance for the things that matter and pursue them passionately. The other is mere chaff, my friend, and will simply blow away in the wind.


  2. Yes, dear Helen, we need to be searching for and informed about all those scientific discoveries to keep us alert and useable in our youth oriented American culture! Doug K.


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