Saturday, July 28, 2007

Scientists breed schizophrenic mice

From here.

SCIENTISTS have created the world’s first schizophrenic mice in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the illness.


The mice were created by modifying their DNA to mimic a mutant gene first found in a Scottish family with a high incidence of schizophrenia, which affects about one in every 100 people. The mice’s brains were found to have features similar to those of humans with schizophrenia, such as depression and hyperactivity

I wonder what a schizophrenic mouse would act like? Poor little things.

[Side note: I'm not condemning this research. I think it would be awesome if it led to a cure for various mental illnesses. I just feel sorry for the little things.]