Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Gene therapy for Jonah?

Good news for Jonah Goldberg! With a bit more research we may wipe out chickenhawkery in our lifetime.
Deactivating a specific gene transforms meek mice into daredevils, researchers have found. The team believe the research might one day enable people suffering from fear – in the form of phobias or anxiety disorders, for example – to be clinically treated.

The research found that mice lacking an active gene for the protein stathmin are not only more courageous, but are also slower to learn fear responses to pain-associated stimuli, says geneticist Gleb Shumyatsky, at Rutgers University in New Jersey, US. (Link via Collision Detection.)
Just imagine. We could create Republicans who are actually brave enough to risk something for their beliefs instead of, well, the ones we have now.


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