Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dipping It In Acid Would Be The Humane Thing To Do

Apparently, scientists experimenting with mole rats and acid (I want that job) have discovered that the unfortunate-looking things have no receptors for acidity. I urge anyone who finds one of these things lurking in their bed or pantry to dispose of them in a manner that will not cause them pain. From Live Science:

"As vulnerable as naked mole rats seem, researchers now find the hairless, bucktoothed rodents are invulnerable to the pain of acid and the sting of chili peppers. A better understanding of pain resistance in these sausage-like creatures could lead to new drugs for people with chronic pain, scientists added."

(photo from Wikipedia)

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