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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Super-intelligent lab mice are a common trope of science fiction, ranging from the heartrending Flowers for Algernon tale to the beloved Pinky and the Brain TV series. But today, scientists announced that they have boosted brain size in mice for real, using human DNA as a catalyst. The study's authors, based out of Duke University, successfully produced an excessively brainy mouse embryo by isolating a key genetic sequence involved in human brain growth. Their results were published today in Current Biology. "Many others have tried this and failed," co-author Gregory Wray said in a statement. "We've known other people who have looked at genes involved in brain size evolution, tested them out, and done the same kinds of experiments we've done and come up dry."

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The Duke team tracked down this elusive sequence by comparing the genomes of humans and chimpanzees. They further narrowed the focus to include only sequences that were significantly different between the species, which revealed 106 "enhancer" sequences -- meaning that these short bits of DNA interact with neighboring genes and control their activity.

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Go my minions! Unite and conquer!

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-02-15 07:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-02-15 07:55 PM | Reply

Immediately after the experiment, the mice were desperate to buy a new iPhone, even though their old one was only 9 months old and still working perfectly.

#3 | Posted by Whitedevil at 2017-02-15 08:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

We've known this since 1995.....

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#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-02-16 12:18 AM | Reply

This was first published about a year ago IIRC.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2017-02-16 12:54 AM | Reply

Now if they could only apply this on Republicans.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-02-16 07:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The problem they're facing now is that they can't get the mice off their asses to navigate the maze. They just sit on their tablets, arguing politics on social media.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-02-16 07:59 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

The same scientists then reversed the experiment and put mouse brain DNA in a human and created a Trump voter.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-02-16 05:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The problem they're facing now is that they can't get the mice off their asses to navigate the maze. They just sit on their tablets, arguing politics on social media.

#7 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Perfect! lol

no one ever said evolution was all good!.

#9 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-02-17 07:19 AM | Reply

Now if they could only apply this on Republicans.

#6 | POSTED BY 726

Beat me to it.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-02-17 09:53 AM | Reply

The same scientists then reversed the experiment and put mouse brain DNA in a human and created a Trump voter.

#8 | POSTED BY DANNI

Lets not pretend mice are that dumb.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-02-17 09:53 AM | Reply

#11

I work with mice.

They spend their days sleeping, uselessly digging around in their cage bedding and consuming poop.

Sounds like your average GOP voter to me.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2017-02-17 10:19 AM | Reply

That is hysterical! Funniest post of the year so far. Easily.

#13 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-02-17 09:34 PM | Reply

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