Monday, July 25, 2005

From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z


Scientists are now creating "human-primate chimeras" by implanting human brain cells in apes. What could go wrong?
In cutting-edge experiments, scientists have injected human brain cells into monkey fetuses to study the effects.

Critics argue that if these fetuses are allowed to develop into self-aware subjects, science will be thrown into an ethical nightmare.

An eminent committee of American scientists will call for restrictions into the research, saying the outcome of such studies cannot be predicted and may in fact produce subjects with a 'super-animal' intelligence.

Link. The most worrisome part is the picture accompanying the story. As Eve Pearl remarked upon seeing post-surgery Joan Rivers, I am not making this up:

Apparently we are supposed to see that cigarette as indicative of humanness. Well I'm not buying that Big Tobacco conspiracy. I've seen the same monkey behavior in Project X.

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