According to the website of cutting-edge RYT hospital (who also brings us NanoDocs, Genochoice and "all the miracles of modern medicine" here's the scoop on how Clyven came to be:
"Margaret A. Keyes, M.D., Ph.D., is a researcher in genetic medicine and Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics at RYT Hospital-Dwayne Medical Center. She is exploring the use of embryonic stem cells as a means to cure neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
By implanting human brain cells (grown from a human embryo's stem cells) into a mouse engineered to have Alzheimer's, Dr. Keyes inadvertently made a remarkable and startling discovery: she not only cured the mouse's Alzheimer's Disease, but the animal soon developed the relative intelligence of a human being.
After extensive consideration by RYT Hospital's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), it was decided that this mouse would be placed under a new study led by Dr. Keyes' lab."You can chat via neuro-dialogue interface with Clyven and test your intelligence against his in the cheese maze!
Providing much food for thought...
[Editor's note, added June 21, 2007 at 11:03 am: the above site is merely one artist's entertaining, fantastical rendition of possible developments in science -- neither POP, nor Genochoice, nor Nanodocs are 'real' -- we've blogged about POP before, here, noting that's the artist's knowledge of the science is very impressive]