Forever Midnight Presents “Ear Mouse” !!!
Sculpted and molded by Jeff D’Ottavio and painted by Jeff D’Ottavio and the FM3.
You know how the boys at Forever Midnight love all the lumps and bumps in the world, well one of the weirdest and freakiest lumps out there, were the ears grown on the backs of Laboratory mice in the late 90’s. We remember the horror and fascination when we first saw these poor mice and the human ear on their backs!
Well now for a very very limited time you can own your very own “Ear Mouse”. These come bagged and boarded and are limited to 25 and that's all that will ever be.
The "Ear Mouse" is 3.5 inches and molded in resin.
Grab one now!
Be sure to check out Jeff D'Ottavio 's Instagram ( @thatdamnjdo ) for all kinds of awesome creations.
Some History behind this little freak:
The Vacanti Mouse was a laboratory mouse that had what looked like a human ear grown on its back. The "ear" was actually an ear-shaped cartilage structure grown by seeding cow cartilage cells into a biodegradable ear shaped mold and then implanted under the skin of the mouse, then the cartilage naturally grew by itself.
The earmouse, as it became known, was created by Charles Vacanti and colleagues in the Department of Anesthesiology (University of Massachusetts Medical School) and their results were published in 1997. The mouse itself is called a nude mouse, a commonly used strain of immunocompromised mouse, preventing a transplant rejection.
The photo of the mouse was passed around the internet, mainly via email, sometimes with little to no text accompanying it leading many people to speculate whether the photo was real. In the late 1990s, the picture prompted a wave of protests against genetic engineering—although in this specific experiment no genetic manipulation was performed. Even the strain of mouse used is not genetically modified; it is the result of a spontaneous natural genetic mutation.