The mutant mouse created by Japanese scientists is unique because it can tweet and chirp like a bird. The mutation was an accident in a study of how how language evolves; scientists bred generations of genetically engineered mice with various mutations with the result that the mice that were created make bird-like noises. The researchers hope that the ‘singing mice’ will reveal clues help them understand language evolution, including the formation of dialects.
Scientists in Japan wanted to study genetic mutation as a driving force of evolution. The why they did this was genetically modify a bunch of mice to “miscopy DNA” and result in more random mutation. 100 of these mice chirp like birds, some have short legs, some have tails resembling that of a daschund, among many other creepy comic-book developments.
By studying how the chirping mice relate to one another, they can also learn much on the human formation of language.
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