Japanese Create A Mutant Mouse That Tweets Like a Bird

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Japanese Create A Mutant Mouse That Tweets Like a Bird

Post by ziggy on Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:02 pm

A laboratory at the University of Osaka running an ongoing study on evolution has revealed that they’ve produced a genetically engineered mouse that tweets like a bird. They’ve produced more than 100 of them actually, as well as a mouse with short limbs and one with a tail like a dachshund. It’s all part of a larger study into how genetic mutations drive evolutions and diverse outcomes that can come about as a result of miscopying DNA. ..................................

......................... The team now hopes their tweeting mice will lend insight on how human language evolved over history. Mice, after all, are much closer to humans in terms of biology and brain, and by seeing how they chirp in the company of other mice and when placed in certain situations, they might learn how human linguistics came to be as well as how they were shared among groups.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-12/japanese-mutant-mouse-tweets-bird



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