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Scientists have produced a worm with altered genes that is incapable of ever becoming intoxicated.
Created by neuroscientists at the University of Texas, the worms never show any signs of drunkenness no matter how much alcohol their bodies absorb.
The key lies in the modification of what are known as "human alcohol targets", molecular channels that bind alcohol within the body and trigger all the usual behaviors that we tend to associate with intoxication.
For the worms this type of drunken behavior tends to manifest as an inability to move around smoothly and a complete disinterest in procreation.
"This is the first example of altering a human alcohol target to prevent intoxication in an animal," said study author Jon Pierce-Shimomura. "We got pretty lucky and found a way to make the channel insensitive to alcohol without affecting its normal function."
It is believed that this research could one day lead to the development of a James Bond style sobriety pill, making it possible for a human to drink any quantity of alcohol without ever becoming drunk.
originally posted by: Expat888
There goes entertainment .. worms are funny drunks ..
On the other hand it would be good not to hear people whinge about hangovers anymore ..
originally posted by: TheLieWeLive
OMG! Ugly people will never get laid again!
"Well, we were heading back to my place, but then she sobered up and demanded I take her home."
Seriously though, the reason we have a need for things like this is because many can't control themselves. How many of you would use this pill on your drunken friend who is making a fool of themselves? I've been in situations were I would have gladly had a pill to snap them out of it.
How about abusive relationships that stem from alcohol abuse? Plop one of these in their next drink and tone them down a bit.