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Sunday 24th October 2004 12:03 PM [General]

People who know me will understand why this article made me laugh:

Scientists have discovered a way of manipulating a gene that turns animals into drones that do not become bored with repetitive tasks. The experiments, conducted on monkeys, are the first to demonstrate that animal behaviour can be permanently changed, turning the subjects from aggressive to "compliant" creatures.

Then I thought about it for a bit and realized it's actually really scary stuff:

The experiments ... involved blocking the effect of a gene called D2 in a particular part of the brain. This cut off the link between the rhesus monkeys' motivation and reward.

... The scientists say the identical technique would apply to humans.

"Most people are motivated to work hard and well only by the expectation of reward, whether it's a paycheque or a word of praise," said Barry Richmond, a government neurobiologist at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, who led the project. "We found we could remove that link and create a situation where repetitive, hard work would continue without any reward."

I posted a while back about some of the career choices we all have to make but this kind of thing would really throw a spanner in the works :-)

Oh, brave new world (that starts putting this stuff in the water supply :roll:) ...

3 Responses to this post

Yes, but think how many more features it might have if you did Awasu 24/7, and no beer, broads or blues.

Ergh. No beer, broads or blues, hmmm...?

Lfe wouldn't be worth living :-(

Gee, sounds like the genetic equivalant of a frontal lobotomy. Genetic slavery? Pick your own Orwellian vocabulary word...

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