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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2013 7:19:48 PM
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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.

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Cabe Atwell   10/23/2013 6:33:31 PM
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Ann R. Thryft   10/16/2013 8:01:53 PM
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Oh no, I'd forgotten about Willard...ecchh!

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Elizabeth M   10/15/2013 3:38:39 AM
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Ha, I didn't know about that film, Chuck. Now THAT is a horror scenario...!

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Charles Murray   10/14/2013 6:15:59 PM
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I agree, Liz. The sci-fi possibilities here are enormous. All we need is Willard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_(1971_film) to lead them.

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Elizabeth M   10/14/2013 4:16:12 AM
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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.

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Greg M. Jung   10/12/2013 11:07:34 PM
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This technology also reminds me of characters on another television show.  The Borg in Star Trek were also interconnected and performed 'group think' to become smarter...

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Charles Murray   10/11/2013 6:02:15 PM
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Now, the theme song is stuck in my head, too, Dave. "They're laboratory mice. Their genes have been spliced. They're dinky. They're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain...."

A lot of years watching cartoons with my kids.

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Debera Harward   10/11/2013 3:30:28 PM
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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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Dave Palmer   10/11/2013 10:45:14 AM
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Thanks, Cabe.  Now I am going to have the "Pinky and the Brain" theme stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

One is a genius, the other's insane...



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