This is the headline of the day, if not the entire year. Via Metro UK:

Gene-editing experiment turns fluffy hamsters into ‘aggressive’ mutant rage monsters

Apparently, these scientists (The Metro UK article says Northwestern University but the underlying study is by researchers at Georgia State University) “were trying to increase bonding between the lovable animals but failed”:

New Scientist magazines say CRISPR technology, which allows scientists to alter DNA and turn genes on and off, “will likely change the world“:

These “experts” thought they would “increase bonding and co-operation” with the mutated hamsters:


And, yes, there are photos of the “rage monsters” in action:

It was a “startling conclusion,” the scientist admitted:

This particular type of hamster was chosen for it similar social structure to humans:

Mistakes were made:

This quote from “Jurassic Park” comes to mind: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”



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