View Full Version : Altered Mouse Turns 136 in Human Years

04-13-2004, 11:23 AM
Altered Mouse Turns 136 in Human Years
Mon Apr 12, 7:03 PM ET

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A dwarf mouse named Yoda has celebrated his fourth birthday, making him the oldest of his kind and far beyond 100 in human years, the University of Michigan Medical School says.


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Yoda owes his longevity to genetic modifications that affected his pituitary and thyroid glands and reduced insulin production and which left him a third smaller than an average mouse and very sensitive to cold.

On the other hand, at the human equivalent of about 136 years, Yoda is still mobile, sexually active and "looking good," said Dr. Richard A. Miller, associate director of research at the school's geriatrics center.

Yoda lives in a carefully maintained lab with roughly 100 other male geriatric mice being used for a lifespan study. An average lab mouse lives slightly more than two years.

Yoda's cage mate, Princess Leia, is a much larger female who uses her body warmth to keep the dwarf mouse from freezing to death.

Researchers are studying the genetic mutants to determine how altered hormone levels can slow the aging process, with the hope of figuring out which methods, if any, eventually could be applied to humans.

04-13-2004, 05:54 PM
Wow, I had no idea mice aged like that.

04-14-2004, 02:24 PM
Neither did I!!! Good for the mouse! :)

El Chuxter
04-14-2004, 03:16 PM
Meh. With a name like that, who cares until 900 years he reaches? :cool:

04-14-2004, 09:58 PM
And I always thought Leia wasnt kin to Yoda.

04-15-2004, 03:27 AM
When 136 years in human age you reach, look as good you will not, hmm ?

So our boy Yoda is still quite a cooz hound, eh ? Good for him . . . tap that mouse hide, Yoda. TAP THAT HIDE !

Lord Malakite
04-16-2004, 02:15 AM
Heh. Mr. Jingles can take Yoda on any day. :D

04-18-2004, 10:03 AM
Mr. Jingles was stomped, dude... ;)

04-18-2004, 11:51 AM
Mr Jingles was alive at the end of the movie though.............:beard:

04-18-2004, 11:43 PM
Thanks only to Mr. John Coffey (like the drink, only not spelled the same). :)

THE Slayer
04-23-2004, 12:02 AM
And I always thought Leia wasnt kin to Yoda.

She just keeps him warm at night... ;)
Kinda like padme 'seemingly' did in the toon wars....

04-25-2004, 12:10 AM
Did someone say MOUSE?