Animal research is fraught with controversy, and dramatic debates around the use of animals in biomedical sciences keep flaring up. As historians on the Animal Research Nexus team, we trace those public controversies, particularly the ones leading up to the UK 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. But not all of our sources are serious – some involve surprising levity. In particular, in the early 1980s discussions around the first genetically modified (transgenic) mice in the USA, jokes abound.
Here is one such example. Legendary comedian Johnny Carson on NBC’s The Tonight Show, lampoons the notion of anyone wanting bigger mice, ‘one mouse kicked out the door to the lab and said, “I want a cheeseburger and I want it now!”’
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Carson footage supplied courtesy of Carson Entertainment Group