DailyDirt: Messing With Mice Brains

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The genes that make humans distinct from other animals are being narrowed down. We have a lot in common with other mammals and especially other primates, but relatively tiny differences in a set of genes could explain how human language and intelligence evolved and developed. Understanding the complexity of human intelligence and genetics will likely take decades or longer -- and we may never fully understand every aspect of consciousness. However, we're making some progress and creating some smarter mice along the way. Check out a few of these experiments. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: animals, arhgap11b gene, astrocytes, brains, dna, evolution, foxp2 gene, genes, genetics, hare5 gene, intelligence, mice, neocortex, nihm


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    That One Guy (profile), 4 Mar 2015 @ 5:17pm

    Only one thing to say really

    Smarter, larger brains, better spacial reasoning skills, more surface area of the brain...

    I for one welcome our new rodent overlords.

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    Jake, 4 Mar 2015 @ 5:25pm

    And for our next trick, catgirls!

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    Anonymous Howard (profile), 5 Mar 2015 @ 12:56am

    The next goal

    The next big thing: injecting HARE5, FOXP2 and ARHGAP11B into politician's brains! Maybe they'll acquire some human-like intellect too!

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    wongo, 5 Mar 2015 @ 6:41am

    Read the Uplift series by David Brin. Fiction becomes fact...

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 5 Mar 2015 @ 7:33am

    The article says the mice grew 12% larger brains, but nothing about them growing larger *skulls*. wouldn't that get a bit problematic pretty quickly?

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    CyberKender, 5 Mar 2015 @ 1:11pm

    I think so, Brain, but me and Sarah Palin? What will the children look like? Oh, it doesn't matter, they'd be loved!

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