Scientists make a mistake in the formula and turn harmless hamsters into ferocious animals

After unsuccessful genetic manipulation, scientists who hoped to improve the behavior of hamsters found hyperaggressive animals.

Wrong handling. In the United States, researchers at Northwestern University in Georgia have tried experience passing through a very specific system. This system is called “Short palindromic repeats grouped at regular intervals” or “CRISPR”, French for “short repeats in a palindrome, grouped and regularly spaced”. A little clearer, it’s just a method that allows you to modify the DNA of plants and animals with very high accuracy. Using this method, researchers at the University of Georgia wanted to make a genetic cross-section that would make a group of hamsters more sociable. They sought to emphasize mutual assistance and cooperation by focusing on a specific gene.

in New York Post also indicates that if hamsters rather than mice were chosen, this is in part because the hamster breed used is already known for its strong socializing ability. Indeed, the golden hamster or the Syrian hamster is a breed the social model is very similar to the human. Only during their scientific experiment did something go wrong. Yes, because, despite the genetic modification that was carried out on hamsters due to genetic pruning, the latter did not become more brotherly, but, on the contrary, completely demonic.

Controversial method of genetic modification

Instead of helping each other more and seeing their instinct for cooperation enhanced by genetic modification, hamsters got mean and started showingsigns of very strong aggression towards other hamsters of the same sex”. Attacks, bites, scratches… Hamsters began to behave aggressively with their relatives, even when there was no offensive attitude towards them. According to Elliot Albers, one of the researchers assembled Undergroundthe scientists werevery surprised by the results”. They really thoughtreduce aggressiveness“but the opposite effect occurred, causing the researcher to admit that this was not the case”I don’t understand this system either. [qu’ils] thought so”. Method “genetic scissors” which allows change or fix the genome also always at the center of various controversiesin particular because of the ethical questions it raises.

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They changed their DNA

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Hamsters wanted to be more sociable

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They wanted to emphasize their sense of mutual assistance

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Hamsters were very aggressive.

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The genetic modification had the opposite effect of the intended effect.

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Hamsters attack each other

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They were very aggressive

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Hamsters were chosen for their outgoing nature.

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