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Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 11, 2019 04:16PM

Uh Oh


Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
[medicalxpress.com]

The researchers report that none of the monkeys had larger than normal brains, but all of them tested better than average on memory tests and in processing abilities.

The research, which was conducted by a team in China, is quite controversial—it would not have been allowed in most other countries. There's a consensus in the bioscience community that adding human genes related to brain development to monkey genomes crosses an ethical line. Some believe it could lead to monkeys like those seen in the movie Planet of the Apes. What sort of status would such monkeys have if they were altered in ways that allowed them to think like a human being? For this reason, most are not willing to take part in such research—indeed, even one of the researchers on the team in China, an American from North Carolina University, had second thoughts. He suggested that creating monkeys that have some aspects of human brain power "is not a good direction." He claims he only assisted with MRI analysis for brain volume testing.
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Re: Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 11, 2019 05:48PM
Not to worry, these troops won't be ready for a few years yet.
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Re: Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
Posted by: SteveO
Date: April 12, 2019 12:53AM
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mrbigstuff
Not to worry, these troops won't be ready for a few years yet.

Well said.
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Re: Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: April 12, 2019 10:19AM
The idea that the human mind is the product of a couple of genes that you can mix in another species' genome is a bit preposterous on its face. We don't even know what we don't know about brain and mind development; we're hardly in a position to recreate human-like minds in other species, no matter how good we get with CRISPR.



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Re: Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: April 12, 2019 09:49PM
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rjmacs
The idea that the human mind is the product of a couple of genes that you can mix in another species' genome is a bit preposterous on its face. We don't even know what we don't know about brain and mind development; we're hardly in a position to recreate human-like minds in other species, no matter how good we get with CRISPR.

That very lack of knowledge is what frightens me. Unintended consequences, non human-like minds whose nature we’re unsure of. Just as thin ice as AI development done recklessly.
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Re: Chinese researchers add human brain-related gene to monkey genome in controversial experiment
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 13, 2019 07:09AM
Yet another Chinese experiment focusing on improving intelligence.
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