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Scientists change fish brain to that of another fish

Posted on Monday, 14 June, 2010 | Comment icon 7 comments


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In an intriguing new experiment scientists have altered the brain of a fish so that it resembles that of another.

The research has helped scientists to understand brain development and contradicts the long held "late equals large" theory.

"Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that by applying chemicals to manipulate genes in a developing embryo, they've been able to change the brain of one type of cichlid fish to resemble that of another."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by mutationman on 14 June, 2010, 11:11
so they made a fish brain look like a fish brain, nice work
Comment icon #2 Posted by mfrmboy on 14 June, 2010, 14:06
I dove into the article thinking all frankenfish but there was no actual switching of brains. If they could actually do it I would like to see them take out a great white sharks brain and insert a dolphins .... Now that would be impressive !!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Steven M on 14 June, 2010, 15:48
If this exciting new find ever reaches humans we can only pray that they will choose to make politicians resemble that of honest politicians
Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 14 June, 2010, 16:35
If this exciting new find ever reaches humans we can only pray that they will choose to make politicians resemble that of honest politicians LOL! This made my day!
Comment icon #5 Posted by lotsocats100 on 14 June, 2010, 20:54
I dove into the article thinking all frankenfish but there was no actual switching of brains. If they could actually do it I would like to see them take out a great white sharks brain and insert a dolphins .... Now that would be impressive !! I don't think that would work. Dolphins are mammals, not fish. Oh, well. It was a good idea.
Comment icon #6 Posted by mfrmboy on 15 June, 2010, 12:29
I don't think that would work. Dolphins are mammals, not fish. Oh, well. It was a good idea. I'm aware that dolphins are mammals I just think it would be interesting and weird. Just think of the possible combinations! A dog and a monkey or a cat and a donkey how about Pamela Anderson and Paula Dean, alot of brain switching fun !
Comment icon #7 Posted by Legatus Legionis on 15 June, 2010, 15:58
I dove into the article thinking all frankenfish but there was no actual switching of brains. If they could actually do it I would like to see them take out a great white sharks brain and insert a dolphins .... Now that would be impressive !! Had the same thoughts, was disappointed though when actual brain switching was removed from the equation.


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