Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster

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Date: September 15th, 2014

smartNEW YORK – Although it’s far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice.

In the first study designed to assess how partially ‘humanizing’ brains of a different species affects key cognitive functions, scientists reported on Monday that mice carrying a human gene associated with language learned new ways to find food in mazes faster than normal mice.

By isolating the effects of one gene, the work sheds light on its function and hints at the evolutionary changes that led to the unique capabilities of the human brain.  More

 

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2 Responses to “Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster”

  1. FedUpWithIt Says:

    Guess we can forget about inventing a better mouse trap !

  2. As seen through the eyes of a child... Says:

    And how much did this cost us in taxes?

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