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New Bushy Tail Grown Without Use of Drugs
Scientists transplanted tail cells from one squirrel to another and, for the first time ever, grew a new bushy tail on a squirrel without the use of drugs.
The researchers took cells at the bottom of hair pores or follicles from a young unidentified donor. These cells from the so-called dermal sheath were then transplanted into the tail of Jacob, a squirrel whose tail had become scraggly from a steady diet of peanuts.
Within five weeks, the transplanted tissue, no bigger than the head of a pin, grew a fine new bushy tail for Jacob.
Such success had been achieved before only in male pattern baldness experiments.