Saturday, January 24, 2009

Little green man

Tiny doll made of living cells

According to an announcement made on January 22, the researchers created the tiny figurine by cultivating 100,000 cell capsules -- 0.1-millimeter balls of collagen, each coated with dozens of skin cells -- together inside a doll-shaped mold for one day. After the cell capsules had coalesced to form the doll-shaped mass of tissue, it was placed in a culture solution, where it reportedly survived for more than a day.

(Via Next Nature.)

Just think: ufologists can now claim with absolute confidence that scientists have kept a humanoid life form in laboratory custody.

Take that, Seth Shostak!