One day we could borrow ‘antifreeze’ proteins from ticks to resist cold

Feeling a bit nippy? For now you’ll have to stick to your hat and scarf to warm up, but one day some antifreeze proteins from a fish or a tick might do the trick.

In a preliminary study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE, researchers report using specially bred mice — ones spliced with the genes that give ticks antifreeze cells — to show that mammals can benefit from the proteins that other species use to keep from icing over.


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