Liver with a nice bottle of Chianti

We get it, a Hannibal Lecter quote might be a bit of a stretch, but how can you have an InsightCity article about livers without it? Digging deeper…recall (if you can) the age-old college truism that relates drinking to Darwin: Alcohol only kills the weak brain cells, leaving the strong ones to survive. Obvious horsehocky, but is it? Recently, researchers at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern have found that “polyploid liver cells protected the liver against cancer formation in the mouse” and “polyploidization increases significantly when the liver is exposed to injury or stress from fatty liver disease” (aka drinking too much alcohol). Maybe this is a case of whatever hurts makes you stronger. Not that we are promoting heavy alcohol consumption, but maybe Key West is right, “The liver is evil and must be punished.