uh, no, not exactly
Science reporting isn’t an exact, um, science.
In this article,”Japan Scientists Develop Fearless Mouse,” my jaw dropped when I read this:
Scientists at Tokyo University say they were able to successfully switch off a mouse’s instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience, as commonly believed.
I’m sorry, the correct phrase—and it makes a world of difference—would be “…showing that some fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience, as commonly believed.” Plenty of fear is unquestionably learned through experience, and every single person you ask on the street could probably give you a few examples off the top of their heads.
Also: “commonly believed” by whom? Lazy and/or stupid science journalists?