Her brain may not be larger than normal, but monkeys made it with human brain are cognitive changes that they say can be sugar – and the experiments have shaken etizers.
In & # 39; run from & # 39; A genetic altered model of the morning, Chinese scientists are writing fresh changes to philosophers and ethics, this time announcing that they have made transgenic monkeys with elements of humanity.
A team led by scientists at the Kunming Institute for Zoology at a Chinese Academy of & # 39; A science says they bring 11 transgenic rhees monkeys those human copies of a gene called MCPH1, which they consider to be an important gene for brain development and brain evolution.
The gene is involved in a process known as neoteny – it breaks or loses the development of an organism. When a children's book develops after birth, MCPH1 becomes abundant, but less so in non-human primates.
The brain of the monk developed in the same time as a human family.
Six of the monkeys died, however, the five survived were & # 39; Better short-term and shorter response exhibited, compared to their wild-type controls, researchers in the National Science Review magazine reported.
According to the researchers, the experiments represent the first attempt to study the genetic basis of a human horsepower with transgenic monkeys. The findings, they try, "have the potential to make important – and potential unique – insights into basic questions of what makes people uniquely."
For others, the work is a profound moral and visually unrest. Even one of the collaborators – University of North Carolina composer scientist Martin Styner – told MIT Technology Review he was considered to escape his name from the paper, saying he couldn't find a publisher.
"Now we've made this animal differently than it should be," Styner said. "If we do experiments, we need to have a good understanding of what we learn to learn, to help society, and that's not the case here."
In an e-mail to the National Post, Styner stated that he has an expertise in analyzing some medical imagery and came back from the research in 2011. He said he didn't enter & # 39; having a science in the project, how to do the best analysis of their MRI data. "At that moment, I didn't think deep enough about the label's conviction."
He eventually became increasingly uncomfortable with the generation of transgenic monkeys, "or even worse, transgenic monkeys," to study brain development.
"So, yes, it is moral risk to pass to humanizing primates, especially when we talk about the heart," Styner said.
More co-authors, however, said that traditional mice or rat models were "less ideal" than monkeys because of the great differences in brain size and structure between man and nail.
When it comes to the scientific use of non-human primates, ethics say that the moral compass shifts in such cases.
The type of beings are monkeys, "I would be sure you would be a wise expectation of high benefit to human beings for the damage you have for intense social , cognitively complex, emotional animals as monkeys, "Sei Letitia Meynell, a teacher professor in the & # 39; a philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
"It is not clear that this type of research has any running expectation of any useful human application," she said.
Science itself has also been found very questionable and fundamental in its logic, it said.
"If you give Einstein as a baby name and you give it to the laboratory, he would not be like Einstein," Meynell said. "If you are really interested in studying the cognitive complexity of these animals, you will not get a good representation by using it through labels, because they are not the type of cognitive and social skills developing can have their normal environment. "
The Chinese have seen the MCPH1 gene as one of the strongest candidates for human development. But she looks at a single gene is just bad genetic, said Meynell. Multiple genes and their interactions affect the vast majority of traits.
The researchers had expected that their transgenic monkeys would have developed more than normal brains, which was not the case. The emotions "have not manifested larger size of the resin", they reiterate, that a single gene has a limited effect on the development of one's brain.
One of the leading authors, Bing Su, told MIT that he is researching other genes that are not involved in & # 39; a brain evolution, including one doubling the "human link" for its deserving role in human intelligence. As Vox reports, Su has sung in 2016 the journalist Nature, which he also likes to experiment with FOXP2's many words for the good language and language development. "I don't think the monk is already beginning to talk, but will have some change in behavior," said Su.
Monks have all the morally relevant features that we have "that make it wrong to do this kind of arbitrarily," show what is "human research" – Meynell said – research, of course, that is now done in China with the birth of genetically modified twin music. Last November he announced that he had manipulated the DNA of human embryos, so that the babies would be resistant to HIV.
In several experiments, researchers have entered the human MCPH1 instances into & # 39; a rhesus horrible sighted by injecting a virus with the gene into monkeys.
The University of Alberta's Timothy Caulfield has warned that the more we humanize human beings, the more the whole-body moral questions call, including distances, but not impossible-risk animals, can develop human consciousness.
Two years ago, American researchers succeeded in making human-pig-chimera embryos with the ultimate goal of a day that grew human organs in transplant animals.