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Meet Hobbie-J, not your average Long Evans rat: (photo from Medical College of Georgia) Behind that unassuming beady eye lurks the smartest rat-brain ever engineered. You see, Hobbie-J is what scientists Dr. Joe Tsien and Dr. Xiaohua Cao call a “transgenic rat.” Her dramatically increased intelligence is the result of genetic tinkering. By over-expressing little…

New Pygmy Possum and Giant Rat Discovered

Much like Pier 1 Imports is the place to make great unexpected holiday gift discoveries this season, Indonesia is the #1 source for mildly inventive new mammal species. In the Foja Mountains rainforest of eastern Papua province, a joint Indonesian and American research team recently stumbled across some new critters. More correctly, in the case…

Brainwashed Rats Crave Cat Urine

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii is common in rats, but can only sexually reproduce inside the belly of a feline. The solution? Brainwash the rats into craving the scent of cat urine. Once infected by Toxoplasma gondii, rats who would normally have a phobia of cat urine actually seek it out, increasing their chances of getting…