Chinese scientists have put human brain genes in monkeys—and yes, they may be smarter
A quest to understand how human intelligence evolved raises some ethical questionsRead full story
Once again, telling them that this is « wrong » is not going to stop them from going further in their very questionable experimental explorations... At which point will these trangenic apes be deemed human enough?
« One that he has his eye on is SRGAP2C, a DNA variant that arose about two million years ago, just when Australopithecus was ceding the African savannah to early humans. That gene has been dubbed the “humanity switch” and the “missing genetic link” for its likely role in the emergence of human intelligence. »
For what reason do we constantly trying to make the horrors of science fiction a reality?
Fungus and bacteria brought to space creating unknown risks if they are ever brought back?
Do we want to make sure that the movie planet of the apes becomes a reality? Do we also not take any responsibility for whatever sentient life we create?
Scientific experiment or episode of Black Mirror? A slippery slope of ethical slide served with a side of animal cruelty. Heinous.
Beyond the ethical concerns, which are considerable, intelligence is genetically dynamic. There is no single “intelligence gene” responsible for all aspects of human intelligence just as there is no single “cancer gene” responsible for all human cancers.
The planet of the apes from pre teen sci fi to reality. The scientists that engage in this behavior have to be cut off from the scientific community and sanctions applied.
I’d be glad to see an animal uplifted to sentience in my lifetime if we handled it ethically.
So then, test Octopus brain genes in humans?
Is there a reason we are trying to recreate “Planet of the apes”?
Has the "Planet of the Apes" franchise not reached China?
"I’d be glad to see an animal uplifted to sentience in my lifetime if we handled it ethically."
Altering a creature genetically isn't ethical on any scale. Don't they teach ethics in college any more?
We need to develop ethics and rights for the subjects being created as a result of such experiments
This is as brilliant as it is a terrifying remake of Rise of the planet of the apes...
It's wonderfully horrifying that the CCP has such a monopoly on power (in what is soon to be the wealthiest nation on earth) that the party leaders simply get to make up ethics surrounding such perverse science as they go along (w the guiding lodestar an ever increasing power role for the party globally). They're in this position, w those resources at their unchecked disposal - at a time when bio-engineering is in fupp swing and AI singularity could be right around the bend, while the West is arguing
It's wonderfully horrifying that the CCP has such a monopoly on power (in what is soon to be the wealthiest nation on earth) that the party leaders simply get to make up ethics surrounding such perverse science as they go along (w the guiding lodestar an ever increasing power role for the party globally). They're in this position, w those resources at their unchecked disposal - at a time when bio-engineering is in fupp swing and AI singularity could be right around the bend, while the West is arguing about whether or not men who cut off their penises are now women.
Let's hope the CCP intends benevolence - because for the few decades remaining before our digital overlords remake reality as we know it, the CCP is going to be running the show.
What could possibly go wrong...
The monkeys or the Chinese scientists?!
Science fiction is supposed to stay FICTION!!!
Are we creating a Chimaera, the Greek mythology monster? What is the ethical code for such research? How many animals and for how long are suffering in such laboratories?
Isn't this the start of planet of the apes?
Planet of the Apes! Can we revive Heston to save us? (“Soylent Green is People, man!”)
“scientists in southern China report that they’ve tried to narrow the evolutionary gap, creating several transgenic macaque monkeys with extra copies of a human gene suspected of playing a role in shaping human intelligence.
The modified monkeys did better on a memory test and their brains also took longer to develop—as those of human children do.”
I find this uncomfortable
I wonder who approved this research or what the expected outcome was?
The way we behave with lab rats,monkeys and other animals is a clear indication of how our successors down the evolution line will deal with us or probably worse because we are definitely not the omega point or the final product.Also,it would be interesting to see how much longer the EU countries and US will hold their current policies in the face of growing Chinese monopoly in the field of gene editing.
In all these animal experiments related to quantifying intelligence, I wonder if they let these animals out to understand and play with their environment? I think exploration is a great component in development of any animal's intelligence and self-awareness.
“The only good human..., 🙈
Ok, ok, I get the outrage. But isn’t anybody else just a little bit curious about what it will be like to understand how intelligence works? We barely understand the underlying biochemistry of memories and thoughts. It will take many breakthroughs before we can improve our understanding well enough to improve our minds or monkeysminds.
Maybe it’s not development in synthetic intelligence but playing god with evolution will change the world as we know it
Planet of the Apes for realz.
I live it.
We're building a new tower of Babel and it's collapse will take us all (or most)
This is earth?
Cornelius, is that you?
My question is "why?" What goal are the hoping to achieve? And, what are they going to discover? I'm just curious
Now if only they would put monkey genes into people, we could get this banana-party started.
Well yeah, it's how the beings from outside Earth engineered us
The reverse should be tested with POTUS. There could be a cure
What's wrong with you guys? Talking monkeys? Smarter dogs? Smarter humans? The rich are already smarter (or can rent smart) so no change from now wrt that.
You just don't want to deal with the ethics of the situation.
Keep screwing with genetics and we will see what happens.
We need to think about update for ethical value for all human being. Why evolution, why developing. So what?
Some things should be left alone. Human's always want an answer...
This is cool and all, but perhaps we should resolve our inter-species conflicts before we try to introduce another intelligent species into the mix.
You've heard of racism, now buckle up and get ready for SPECIESM
What gives humans the right to do that? Just because we can? When their brain is modified enough, will they resent it or want to modify it further or perhaps modify ours? To what end? And where would it end? Can’t think of one benefit; this is just wrong
Ethics Will play a very little part on this
Surprised China exports over 30,000 monkeys a year.
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