Smart Mice from human Brain-DNA

brainWissenschaftler haben ein menschliches Sprach-Gen in Mäuse verpflanzt und die wurden prompt schlauer. „Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?“ – „The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world!“

In an experiment that could explain the origin of the maniacal mouse in “Pinky and the Brain,” researchers spliced a human brain gene into lab mice, and it made them smarter.

These mice aren’t taking over the world any time soon, but they are certainly adept at getting through mazes. Mice genetically modified to carry a human gene associated with speech and language, called Foxp2, learned how to find a reward in a maze significantly faster than normal mice.

Mice Become Smarter With Addition of Single Human Gene