Yes. Let’s genetically engineer smarter rats.

What could possibly go wrong?

The bumper sticker reads “My rat is smarter than YOU.” Transgenically-enhanced Hobbie-J –- named after a clever rat in a Chinese cartoon book – may not be smarter than you, but she appears to be smarter than the smartest known breeds of rat.

According to Science Daily, Hobbie-J was able to remember novel objects, such as a toy she played with, three times longer than the average Long Evans female rat, the smartest rat strain. Hobbie-J was also better at remembering which path she last traveled to find a chocolate treat.

Glenn Reynolds to the contrary, we’re not going to get Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh out of this. We’re going to get this, instead: mark my words.

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