Damn the Japanese! What the hell were they thinking?
This just in, courtesy of the AP:
Japanese scientists say they've used genetic engineering to create mice that show no fear of felines, a development that may shed new light on mammal behavior and the nature of fear itself.
Scientists at Tokyo University say they were able to successfully switch off a mouse's instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats — showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience, as commonly believed...
The genetically altered mice approached cats, even snuggled up to them and played with them.
This ain't natural!
Remove a few nasal cells and the little critters think they are Mighty Mouse!
Listen guys...you want to "shed further light on how the brain processes information about the outside world" and "shed new light on mammal behavior and the nature of fear itself", do so with some other critter, not one whose resulting change in outlook will put Mousers, worldwide, out of work.
Not to mention line the pockets of Cat Therapists and Feline Psychiatrists.
This is just too much!
I need a nap.