Mice Turned into Killers with Government-Sponsored Light-Sensitive Virus Experiment

This seems like a great experiment.  How can you use light sensitive viruses to trigger predatory behavior?  Well, the US Government is working on finding answers to that question, and lab mice are the guinea pigs.

Scientists Infect Mice with Light Sensitive Viruses, Activate Killer Behavior with Lasers

Thanks to the White House’ $100 million Apollo Project of the Brain,” the BRAIN Initiative to“reverse engineer the brain to find algorithms that allow computers to think more like humans,” experiments that many would find horrific are being conducted on mice.

Earlier this year, a Yale study was published in the journal Nature, in which neurobiologists infected mice with a virus that made their neurons sensitive to a certain kind of blue light.

Then, the team used a small optic fiber to shine a blue laser directly onto the amygdala, a region of the brain.

The laser made predatory behavior arise in the rodents, causing them to tense their jaw and neck muscles.

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