"American scientific companies are crossbreeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains," warned Delaware senate candidate Christine O'Donnell on the O'Reilly Factor in 2007. As you might expect, that's not exactly true:
Human-mouse chimera studies were reported in 2004 that involved the injection of human neural stem cells into developing mouse brains — something different from crossbreeding — resulting in brains that were one percent human, and a Stanford researcher did ask his ethics board for an opinion on the ethics of creating chimeric mice with 100 percent human brain cells, according to The Washington Post. But that experiment was never conducted.
Still, shouldn't we hedge our bets and elect at least one senator to stand as a bulwark between us and these mouse-people mutants? Anyone who lives in the city knows how hard it is already to catch a mouse. Just imagine the bleak dystopia that will follow if they obtain "fully functioning human brains." Not only will they evade your mouse traps, but they'll also make themselves a sandwich and leave you a taunting note when they're done. We don't want to live in that world.
O'Donnell: Evil Scientists Are Creating Mouse-Human Hybrids [Little Green Footballs]