Mice can 'sing', scientists discover

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    Oct 11, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    Disney was right.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9598908/Mice-can-sing-scientists-discover.html

    Mice can "sing" like a choir by matching the pitch of their voice to that of others, scientists claim.

    Brain features used by humans and song-learning birds to manipulate the sounds we make are also shared to an extent by mice, a study found.

    The finding contradicts a long-held assumption that mice cannot learn to adapt their voices – a trait thought to be common only to humans, bats and a handful of bird and large mammal species.

    Although it was previously known that mice make an ultrasonic noise referred to as a "song" to attract mates, it had never been demonstrated that they were capable of changing pitch.

    Researchers from Tulane University in New Orleans found that when two male mice of different types were housed together, they slowly began to match the pitch of their songs to each other – a basic form of vocal learning.

    When the scientists damaged brain cells in the motor cortex which appeared to be controlling the mice's singing they lost their ability to sustain the same pitch and to consistently make the same noise. The same effect was noticed when the mice were made deaf.
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    Oct 11, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    This has been known for decades.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 11, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    I'll believe mice can sing when Simon Cowell gives them a thumbs up.
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    Oct 11, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    Is it really singing, or just whistling? :-)
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    Oct 11, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    Really?
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    Oct 11, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    I already asked Doug Donahoo, founder of 4-rth to make my Cinderella dress for my High School Reunion in almost two years. He hasn't responded though so I'll keep you in mind.
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    Oct 12, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Just called him and he said he only manufactures his garments. hmm, he could probably make lots of money from it if he advertised at McQueen and cheer up that town a bit. Alas, no dice, moving on
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    Oct 12, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    Here's the proof!
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    Oct 12, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    When the scientists damaged brain cells in the motor cortex which appeared to be controlling the mice's singing they lost their ability to sustain the same pitch and to consistently make the same noise. The same effect was noticed when the mice were made deaf.


    umm... yay science?
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    Oct 12, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    They also carry the Plague... and make ratatouille!
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    Oct 12, 2012 11:53 AM GMT
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