Degene-rats: Scientists Use Term “Rat Casino” With Straight Face

According to our big brother 'fuse, scientists have made a breaking discovery into gambling addiction: You can reduce the effects of problem gambling behavior by injecting the sufferer with a medical shot. They tested this on – naturally – lab-created degenerate rats.

How do you give a rat a problem gambling condition? Scientists developed a slot machine-like device that pays out sugar pellets with levers that the rats could pull. Rats apparently “exhibited some typical problem gambling behavior” (martingaling it up, we assume). These symptoms could be reduced with an injection that blocked the release of dopamine D4 receptors.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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