Skip to comments.Scientists discover the 'Homer Simpson' gene that makes mice more intelligent if it is switched off
Posted on 09/22/2010 12:59:50 PM PDT by Nachum
Scientists have discovered a gene which makes mice more intelligent when it is not working. Nicknamed the Homer Simpson gene, after the hapless cartoon character, it operates in a part of the brain which regulates how animals learn and form new memories. The researchers from the Emory University School of Medicine say that deleting the gene in mice made them more skilled at navigating mazes and remembering objects. (Snip) John Hepler, PhD, professor of pharmacology at Emory University School of Medicine, said: "A big question this research raises is why would we, or mice, have a gene that makes us
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Mmmmmm - The Democrat Gene
“A big question this research raises is why would we, or mice, have a gene that makes us less smart
Put into a virus and injected along with the last flu vaccines.
[Wow, I actually scared myself}
Genes are not the reason Homer is stupid. He has a crayon crammed up his nose and into his brain. When it’s removed he is very intelligent.
what is the reproductive advantage to being stupid?
keep making babies despite the lack of family resources to raise them?
induce mating with ugly people? (beer goggle gene?)
Dumb not-a-ping to you.
As to why we (and mice) would have a gene that makes it easier to forget, perhaps they should consider that while being locked into the memory of a maze may be advantageous to a lab raised maze walking mouse - it could be absolute MURDER for a wild mouse that has to adapt to changing circumstances and cannot be a slave to its memory.
Imagine if you never forgot anything! I asked out a gal once, and she turned me down.... never do THAT again!
I always thought it was the lack of a gene but it makes sense because you can’t be that stupid from nothing.
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“Shut up, brain, or I’ll stab you with a Q-Tip!”
“How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain - remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?”
“I hope I didn’t brain my damage!”
“I am so smart, I am so smart, S M R T, I mean S M A R T.”
“Simpson gene? That’s just foolishness!”
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