Monday, June 13, 2011

Micro Tortoises

Scientists have succeeded in taking the Galapagos Tortoise, one of the longest living reptiles, and creating a miniature version of it. Using a technique called Cellular Packing Reduction, they have eliminated 90% of the wasted space in the tortoise including unneeded fluids and gases. In addition, using a new Protein Refolding Vector, they have been able to recoup space that proteins and even DNA takes in the reptile's cells. Dr. Gray Steinkopf, a researcher at the Center for Advanced Cellular Automata in Atlanta who heads up this project, is quoted as saying, "It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment as a scientist. We are convinced that this new technique will provide benefits beyond tortoises. Imagine smaller pets or children--we could save significantly on energy and food for the entire planet." Steinkopf admits that the technique is at least 5 years away from commercialization and still would have to undergo significant FDA trials but the future looks promising.

Besides, they're so cute!


P.S. Don't believe everything you read, kidz!