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Smart Rats

2008-11-19 21:24:01.047266+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-11-20 13:43:24.047984+00 by: petronius

I can't read the piece while I'm at work, but just the headline makes me think of a bit from Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminati series: the suicidal Mynah bird. It was trained to fly free and say "Here, kitty kitty!".

#Comment Re: made: 2008-11-20 14:59:01.000671+00 by: other_todd

When I saw the line "training rats to detect landmines and diagnose tuberculosis," my first thought, I'm afraid, was "At the same time?"

It's a VERY specific skillset!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-11-20 16:36:04.511445+00 by: petronius

If they can do both at once, we won't have to sweat the treatment protocol!