It is said that the world will rush to the door of the man with a better mouse trap, but what about a better mouse? A rat lies motionless on a sterile, spotless table. Israel’s Tel Aviv University psychology department is close to developing a cyborg rat — a leap ahead of those mad Swiss scientists. Where the Swiss are developing a more muscular mouse, the Israelis are going for the cyborg rat. I’ll put my money on the Israelis in the upcoming enhanced rodent wars.
The Israeli scientists are attempting to replace part of a rat’s brain with digital equipment — vivisection experiments that have produced protests from animal rights activists.
The hope is that an implant could combat such diseases as Parkinson’s disease or stroke victims by replacing damaged brain with microchips. How do you feel about the use of animals for such research in this way?
Of course, Sarah Connorstein in Tel Aviv may want to be a bit careful opening her door.