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In a development whose importance it would be difficult to exaggerate, scientists have produced research answering one of the great questions facing humanity in the 21st century: what happens if you get snails hopped up on crystal meth and poke them with sticks? The drug-pushing scientists in question are Barbara Sorg of …

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Happy

Great!

Humanity takes one step up the evolutionary chain! I feel so proud of our species today!

Dogs, cats and hamsters to name a few. Sit in your house all day while you round around them, cleaning and feeding them. Whose the more evolved species again?

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Anonymous Coward

huh

Paradoxically then, any snail smart enough to stay alive by continuing to breath, will be labeled stupid for forgetting that he will be poked with a stick.

Also, maybe they didn't "remember" not to breath and were in fact already dead from the meth?

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or,,,

being poked with a stick

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You can easily spot their...

... laboratory - queues of snails waiting to get in to take part in the "experiments".

Wonder what the Global Warming angle was to get funding for this ?

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Pirate

Cool...

So you can destroy your life and remember every single bit of it all going wrong

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Happy

Expermenting with drugs eh?

"Sorg and Lukowiak have previously carried out similar studies involving snails on cocaine"

I'm sure that I know a few people who, in their wild student days, carried out similar studies involving snails and beer, marijuana, ...

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Boffin

Sir

What did they do with the resultant soup?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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There's a mechanism for forgetting?

I mean other than drinking to excess.

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Yes

Incredible stress tends to release the chemical cortisol which has been implicated in disconnecting synapses and retarding the formation of new connections.

It's all there on wikipedia ;-)

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There is a reason for forgetting.

It is a survival mechanism.

It is essential to those of us with less than impeccable social habits and a flexible (depending on alcohol/blood ratio) morality in order to maintain a level of self esteem that does not beg suicide.

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Unhappy

And people think PETA are mental?

This sort of shit is why we have anti-vivisectionists. How many "scientists" are involved in this kind of pointless abuse?

Still, it's only snails, serve 'em right for not being cute and furry....

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Why, Yes I do.

Yet they can redeem themselves if THEY donate their bodies to science.

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WTF?

Wow...

Wow, really? *Really*? You're really upset that some scientists poked at some snails in a tub of water?

I'm not advocating animal cruelty, but to paraphrase Denis Leary "If hooking up a monkey's brain to a car battery is going to help cure cancer, I've only got one thing to say: The red one's positive and the black one's negative."

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Cocaine...

"Sorg and Lukowiak have previously carried out similar studies involving snails on cocaine."

Ah, so that explains it. But the article doesn't mention what the two of them were on this time?

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Missing the point here

Did the speed make them faster?

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Unhappy

Sick.

...very sick.

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title

Sloppy reporting... I think you got the name of the scientist wrong. Surely it was Professor Denzil Dexter of the University of Southern California off of The Fast Show?

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Pint

Free drugs?

Anyone else think maybe these guys are just doing these "studies" as a simple way of getting the public to pay for their drug habit?

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Black Helicopters

slippery slope

Next thing you know these people will be writing torture manuals for the CIA

free the Lymnaea stagnalis 2 !

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No officer I swear...

... those two snails REALLY DID go through all three kilos of crystal meth we made. Where else would it have gone? <innocent look>

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Well.

Ignoble, anyone?

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Pint

Career options?

Am I the only one who thought "whoa cool, I could get paid for poking snails"?

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Coat

Sexual pleasure?

Really? Like snails need extra help. They've already got both set for organs, lucky bastards.

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Outstanding

If this doesn't deserve an IgNoble then I don't know what does :-)

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WTF?

Economy??

Will jobs like this exist soon? I mean with the economy etc?!? Will these guys have to start curing cancer instead??? Poor souls

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Aw, how cute.

The idea that what you discover will always be what you're researching. He thinks science works that way.

Especially amusing when you consider that radiation therapy, which is used to cure some cancers, was made possible because of some guy in Scotland was trying to recreate pretty rainbows on clouds, something even more loony than snails on drugs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Nevis#Observatory

While snails on drugs might be more likely to lead to a cure for Alzheimer's, it's also possible that they're on the path to curing cancer, and not even aware of it.

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@ Blain Hamon

Excellent point! And that's what hundreds of years of the history of science teaches us (where's James Burke when you need him?!?) that seemingly unrelated research and discoveries lead the to some of the most amazing advances in medicine, technology, physics, etc. They don't test on humans because most people would get REALLY freaked out it. Instead, they test on snails, rats, fruit flies, and other assorted species because only PETA and other wackos (i.e. ALF) get upset about that.

Medical science would not exist except for the decades of animal testing that has contributed to the quality of life we all now enjoy.

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Hypnotoad

The way those scientists are going it's only a matter of time (months? years?) before they accidentally create a hypnotoad. Then we're all doomed.

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Anonymous Coward

"Where did all that crystal meth go?"

"Er we ... We fed it to the snails"

"OK"

"Phew!"

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and then

"Well, now write up a report on it then"

and we have our Friday laugh of the week.

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Results

...after dog's third leg removed, ability to come when called further impaired. After dog's fourth leg removed, dog loses hearing...

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lol

i'm sure my ability to come when called would be greatly impaired if my third leg were removed!

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I just want to see

what happens when you introduce them to the cocaine bees from a couple of years back :D

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/23/bees_on_cocaine/

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The way science works

To cure cancer, the best way isn't to focus all research on cancer alone. You also research any stupid thing that catches your fancy. Because, historically, that sort of research can and does sometimes lead to major breakthroughs in unrelated fields. What if understanding the mechanism through which meth affects memory could lead to new drugs for Alzheimer's? Still think the poor dudes should have their funding cut?

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Barbara Sorg and Ken Lukowiak

Am I the only one who noticed the scientists are Barbie and Ken?

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Oh, I forgot about those . . .

There are a number of people residing at her majesty's pleasure or on the sex offender's register who would love it if their hardware worked a bit more like pesky molluscan wetware and forgot about those embarrassing files.

The way back machine is not always a good idea.

If you remember the initial work on memory in simple beasties was done on planaria, which are flatworms. We learned that memory is chemical by grinding up learned worms and feeding them to other worms who got them some of that learnin'. Snails are a cut above flatworms in the neural dept (kin to those brainy cephalopods after all) so you can do more sophisticated experiments with them.

Besides they are better behaved than junkies on crystal meth.

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Alzheimers research? Gram and Gramps on meth?

Oversimplification of course, but still.

<-- as G'mum plays Captain Jack with the lawn tractor

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+1 for the druggies

Gotta love the people saying not to cut funding for them on behalf of legitimate science. The 'cures' for cancer can be debated however the money made from treating it will always outweigh a cure.

If a price tag could be put on a cure for it what would it be? Who could afford it? Why would corporate America and others want to stop reeling in the reoccurring money made from treatment?

Unless your going to put cancer patients on dangerous narcotics to cure them funding for things like this is retarded.

I drove stoned once as a teenager, I remembered almost every mile of the road. The 5 minute ride seemed to have taken 30. Now does that make me better off or smarter?

No it just means I remembered things stoned.

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@Steven Hunter

So its OK to lobotomise you and have your brains first then?

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Paris Hilton

In the movie,

the snails are played by Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton

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Spiders on drugs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teeoTPSC6Rw

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Trip!

Trip down to the street corner.

"Scuse me mate, need more of those pills you sold me last time"

Drug Dealer: "Whoa man, you are getting through those like there is no tomorrow"

"Nah, mate, not for me. It is for my snails"

DD: "Snails hey?"

"Yup"

DD: "I think you need to get into rehab! Seriously!"

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