Chinese ‘Scientists’ Creating Franken-Monkeys: Inserting Human Brain Genes Into Monkeys

The Beijing National Science Review published a study describing the work of Chinese researchers in relationship to rhesus monkeys, where they injected genes from human brains into the brains of the monkeys. Gee, what could go wrong?

So what were the initial results of the procedure? First, of the 11 monkeys tested, only five of them survived.

As for testing their mental abilities after being injected with human brain genes, it was found they did perform better on short-term memory tests, but their brains took longer to develop. That suggests the young monkeys couldn’t take care of themselves as they normally would as baby monkeys.

This type of research opens up so many cans of worms, that it’s mind-boggling when you think of the consequences. On the macro level, the question has to be asked as to what the researchers are attempting to achieve.

These types of chimera experiments are dangerous in every sense. What happens when animals of various types are injected with human DNA and other things like the genes from human brains? Not only what the animals become, but the inevitable decision to start treating them as at least, part human.

If per chance some animals actually became smarter, in the case of mental capacity from human brain genes, and retained their other inherent strengths, it would change the world for the worse.

Here’s how the abstract from the site describes the work. Also, if you want to see further information, you can download a PDF.


Brain size and cognitive skills are the most dramatically changed traits in humans during evolution, and yet the genetic mechanisms underlying these human-specific changes remain elusive. Here, we successfully generated 11 transgenic rhesus monkeys (8 first-generation and 3 second-generation) carrying human copies of MCPH1, an important gene for brain development and brain evolution. Brain image and tissue section analyses indicated an altered pattern of neural cell differentiation, resulting in a delayed neuronal maturation and neural fiber myelination of the transgenic monkeys, similar to the known evolutionary change of developmental delay (neoteny) in humans. Further brain transcriptome and tissue section analyses of major developmental stages showed a marked human-like expression delay of neuron-differentiation and synaptic signaling genes, providing a molecular explanation to the observed brain developmental delay of the transgenic monkeys. More importantly, the transgenic monkeys exhibited better short-term memory and shorter reaction time compared to the wild type controls in the delayed matching to sample task. The presented data represents the first attempt to experimentally interrogate the genetic basis of human brain origin using a transgenic monkey model, and it values the use of nonhuman primates in understanding human unique traits.

Notice the assertion near the end that the human brain has a genetic basis in monkeys; something that is totally false. That means whatever the Chinese are doing, even if they believe the human brain has its origin in monkey brains, will end up coming to not only a false conclusion, but design something potentially monstrous because of the false assumption.

Worse, there is no doubt this will lead some to inject animal genes in humans in order to see if they take on the specific characteristics of the animals. There is nothing good about what these people are doing.


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