R2R Flashback: Blue M&Ms and a Mouse -The Headline and Picture That Started it All

I was looking for inspiration. An idea for a screenplay based on science. I found this article (The Blue Dye in M&Ms Cures Spinal Injuries).

These researchers found that when the food dye Brilliant Blue G (BBG) — the same dye that makes M&Ms and Gatorade blue — was injected into mice with secondary spinal cord injuries ( A secondary injury process involves swelling and hemorrhaging), the mice were able to walk with a limp while mice without the injections were not able to walk at all.

There was also a temporary side-effect, the mice turned blue. Not their fur but their ears, nose, feet and around their eyes.

One of the things that struck me about this article was for all the negative things that you hear about artificial food dyes, here was a more positive one. Plus, I kept thinking about if I had a spinal cord injury and was unable to walk but by taking injections of BBG, I could walk again but my skin would turn blue for as long as I was taking the injections, would I do it?

My first experience working with using real science in a screenplay was born.

Who wants to talk more about how you can use this idea in your current or next story?

[Credit: University of Rochester]

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