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December 16, 2007

Genetically modified mice don't fear cats

Japanese scientists have produced genetically modified mice that don't fear cats.

Instead of scurrying away or playing dead, the GM rodents were able to carry on as usual when coming face-to-face with a cat.

Professor of biophysics and biochemistry at Tokyo University, Ko Kobayakawa, explained the procedure.

He said: "Mice fear cats because they are innately conditioned to express fear when they sense the odour of predators.

"So, by getting rid of the specific receptors for sensing the odour, mice never feel afraid of cats."

The possibilities here are endless. Vampires that don't fear light. Aquatic cats that don't fear water. Humans that don't fear clowns and mimes. Hobos that don't fear Ace, etc...


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