Gene-Editing Experiment Accidentally Turns Adorable Hamsters Into Rageful Creatures
May 30, 2022
Hamsters are not only known for being fluffy and affectionate but also for their social intelligence when it comes to interacting with their co-species.
Being the subject of most experiments, the Syrian hamster has been known as the "experimental hamster" or "laboratory hamster" as part of animal testing for scientific advancement.
However, a new study in the United States reportedly used a controversial gene-editing technology that accidentally turned sociable Syrian hamsters into aggressive "mutant-like" animals.
Scientists in the study were surprised since their reported experimental objective was to increase the camaraderie and socialization of the hamsters.