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Mice fed speed and exposed to the PRODIGY at high volumes died in an experiment to discover whether amphetatmines were dangerous in a club environment.
The tests, at Cambridge University, also involved mice on drugs having to endure a deafening Bach Violin Concerto in A minor – which the scientists said had a similar tempo to the Prodge – white noise and silence.
Mouse manipulator Jenny Morton, at the university’s Department Of Pharmocology, found that loud music in itself did not harm the rodents as those injected with salt water rather than Class As fell asleep during the experiment.
But that when injected with speed, seven out of 40 of the mice listening to the Prodigy died. Four out of 40 then keeled over after being exposed to Bach.
Morton, however, said the mice could not tell between classical and The Prodigy, who she quaintly described as ‘rave’.
She told New Scientist: “They just heard pulsating noise.” She continued that mice on speed usually ran round for half an hour, before descending into a rapid, repetitive movement called stereotypy, then charged around for another half an hour before becoming normal again.
She also found the mice suffered more brain damage from the combination of speed and ‘pulsating music’ than by speed or music alone.
She concluded: “If you saw how the mice behaved, you wouldn’t want to take methamphetamine (speed). I might go to raves, but I wouldn’t take it methamphetamine.”