Japanese Researchers Create Tweeting Mouse


Alright, before you read too far into that headline, let me immediately reassure you that we’re not talking about that kind of tweet. Indeed, a mouse that could post inane quips and lulzy links to Tweetdeck would be a marvel of science indeed, but this is infinitely more basic (and infinitely more complex).

Science hath wrought a mouse that quite literally tweets. Like a bird.

The absolutely adorable mouse came about purely by chance, as researchers at the University of Osaka carried out their ‘Evolved Mouse Project’, which had them breeding mutation-prone mice willy-nilly, unsure of what the outcome would be.

The original ‘accident’ mouse has since been bred, leading to a lab full of the creatures which the researchers are now apparently using to try to understand the origins of human language.

I dunno about you, but I want a whole cageful of these little guys.

By tydunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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