You've got a point, Cabe. Although it's "just" rats and rabbits now, only a few decades ago other animals like cats and dogs used to be used more commonly in research that involved essentially torture. OTOH, there's no other way to test some things, like drugs; it's against the law to use humans in certain types of tests and experiments.
This is really interesting! I assume you probably read my story on where scientists did this with humans: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=267562
The idea of rats collectively thinking together brings up scifi scenarios for me of legions of smart rats taking over the world. I know this won't happen, but it's pretty incredible what's happening with brain-based communication research these days. It's the wave of the future.
Thanks Cabe for such an informative post , This research in future can lead the linking of different animal brains and development of organic computers through which animals could exchange, store, process sensory and motor information.
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