Respect the Rat

You may think rats are just vermin, but the fact is they own huge metropolitan cities like New York. And when it comes to science they've contributed an immense amount of data (although not voluntarily). Find out how similar rats are to humans and whether or not they're capable of empathy in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast.

Respect the Rat

Image Caption: A lab worker inspects a white rat which has tumors and is used for cancer gene therapy research, at the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy established by the West China Medical School of Sichuan University on August 3, 2005 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, southwest China. The lab has carried out gene therapy, immunotherapy, cell therapy and other researches, using thousands of white rats, according to local media. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: Empathy, consciousness, animals, rats