Mice Given Gene From Human Brains Turn Out To Be Super-Smart

September 17, 2014 12:59 PM

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It's a bit like the 1990s cartoon series "Pinky and the Brain," only the genius mice in this story aren't make-believe.

An international team of researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by giving them the human version of Foxp2, a gene that's common to both humans and mice. The brainy rodents proved their extra cognitive oomph by navigating a maze significantly faster than ordinary mice.

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