posted on Jul, 19 2014 @ 05:43 AM
Genetically engineered worms can't get drunk
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
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.
Well,it's about time!
I won't have to watch those damn drunk worms swaying ,zig-zagging back and forth at all hours of the day in my backyard anymore. Never mind where
they get the booze from, I don't know.
Ok, jokes aside,I think this is a good thing.
I'm not a big drinker, will have a beer every now and then, but I remember back in my partying days I sure could have used a "sobering pill".
Imagine having a couple of drinks with your friends, and then at the end of the night, just taking a pill, that makes you sober again. We'd have a lot
less car accidents, I think.
I just feel sorry for all those poor worms that had to get drunk in the name of science .
edit on 19/7/2014 by Rainbowresidue because: (no reason given)
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