Gee, nothing could POSSIBLY go wrong… right, Caesar?
(Yes, that was a Planet of the Apes reference.)
It’s not bad enough that we have disease jumping from the animal kingdom to humanity… Now we’re creating hybrids?
That’s right… scientists are doing it again.
It’s the very same lesson that Jurassic Park set before the audience.
Scientists are playing with what they CAN do, — getting monkey brains to double in size and take on more human-like characteristics. But are they bothering to ask whether they SHOULD?
During the study, Japanese and German researchers injected a gene called ARHGAP11B — which directs stem cells in the human brain — into the dark matter of marmoset fetuses, according to a release about the research.
They found that the primates’ brains soon became more human-like by developing larger, more advanced neocortexes — the area that controls cognition and language, according to the study published in the journal Science in June.
According to images released by the researchers, the modified monkey brains nearly doubled in size at around 100-days into gestation.
“We found indeed that the neocortex of the common marmoset brain was enlarged and the brain surface folded,” said study author Michael Heide.
The neocortex is the newest part of the brain to evolve — one sign that ARHGAP11B may have caused brain growth during human evolution, the researchers said.
Ultimately, scientists opted to abort the monkey fetuses due to “unforeseeable consequences,” according to the release. –NewYorkPost
Leaving aside the irony of which countries were leading the charge on this study, does anyone SERIOUSLY believe we can ever un-ring this bell now that this taboo has been broken?
Do you think a rogue state will produce animal-human hybrids in your lifetime?