Chinese scientists put human brain genes in a monkey

monkey brain experiments

Everything we know about evolution tells us that humans have
primate ancestors, and that the development of our complex brains
is what allowed ancient humans to forge the path that we’re on
today. Determining what changes in primate brains prompted our fork
of the evolution tree to take shape is something scientists in
China are tackling in a revolutionary — and scary — way.


A new study
led by researchers at the Kunming Institute of
Zoology combined human brain genes with modern macaque monkeys,
creating transgenic specimens that demonstrate more advanced
problem-solving skills than their unmodified brethren. If you think
this sounds like the plot of a bad sci-fi movie, that’s because it
does.

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Chinese scientists put human brain genes in a monkey