The Mutant Rats of Kyrgyzia

by Nathan Hamm on 9/22/2004

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, the lab rats run amok.

The pests, descendants of albino rats used in laboratories and wild Norway rats, have spread all over the country, including the capital Bishkek and the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. The rats have been seen in groups in the streets and yards of the city in broad daylight.

Anara Alymkulova from Kyrgyz Agrarian University was quoted by the newspaper as saying rat poison does not kill the rodents and actually seems to promote growth in their population.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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