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American Scientist have finally identified the stupidity gene RGS14

Stupidity gene of homer

Is sad to see a cartoon regarded as the icon of stupidity, yet science have found the exact gene that causes this condition. Scientist fear removal may hurt other functions so doubtful humans will have it removed.


American scientists have discovered a gene in mice, deletion of which leads to the improvement of their mental faculties. This stupid gene, called the Homer Simpson gene on behalf of the protagonist of the popular cartoon series, was found also in humans. So American Scientist have finally identified the stupidity gene RGS14, but will we be able delete them at will?

According to recent publication of the National Academy of Sciences,experts from Emory University in the U.S. city of Atlanta (Georgia) during the experiment in laboratory mice have deleted the gene RGS14. This gene is associated with a particular area called CA2 of the hippocampus. This part of the brain is involved in consolidation of new knowledge and memory.

During the experiments, it was found that mice with gene RGS14 deleted are better at remembering different things that researchers have put them in a cage and quickly found a way out of the tangled maze, guided by the fixed in-memory pointers, rather than animals in which this gene was not deleted. Scientists have suggested that RGS14 limits the ability of the animals to remember and learn and therefore called it “the genome of Homer Simpson.”

The same gene was also found in humans. However, researchers are not sure that removing RGS14 can benefit both people and mice. “The question is, why do we, and mice have this Homer Simpson gene in the first place – a gene that makes the individual more stupid? – reflects one of the workers on the project scientists, John Hepler. – I think that we do not see the big picture entirely. RGS14 may be very important for the processes of learning and memory. In this case its removal may adversely affect the mental abilities.

By the way, if you ever wondered where they came up with idea of how Homer Simpson should look, just remember the artist has the RGS14 gene.

Simpson original idea

Was this the original idea for the artwork of homer? Obviously the stupidity gene was present while the creation occured it matches perfectly.

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