The doomed mouse utopia that inspired the ‘Rats of NIMH’. Dr. John Bumpass Calhoun spent the ’60s and ’70s playing god to thousands of rodents.
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- The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired the 'Rats of NIMH'
- Sep 14 2016
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That was one of my all-time favorite books as a child. I still reread it every few years. Yes, there's a cartoon, too; it's not bad, but the book is so much better.
I tried doing this, too. I bred corn snakes for several years, for a place to dispose of the extra mice....
...the extra mice? That deserved some elaboration, IMO, because now I'm slightly confused and my imagination is running wild. :P
Sorry ... selective breeding for intelligence.
Doing so in some official capacity for a lab, as a breeder, or something similar... or just as a hobby?
p.s. Sorry for prying, but that sounds pretty interesting in any case. :)
Just for fun and personal scientific curiosity, but explicitly inspired by that book.
I never had enough time, space or resources to pursue the idea properly, but basic genetics suggests there's a pretty hard limit on how smart mice (or anything) can become purely thru selective breeding, w/o some significant genetic mutation added.
Well that just seems like a good reason to start irradiating mice, whats the worst that could happen