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“This was the first attempt to understand the evolution of human cognition using a transgenic monkey model,” says Bing Su, the geneticist at the Kunming Institute of Zoology who led the effort.

According to their findings, the modified monkeys did better on a memory test involving colors and block pictures, and their brains also took longer to develop—as those of human children do. There wasn’t a difference in brain size.

The experiments, described on March 27 in a Beijing journal, National Science Review, and first reported by Chinese media, remain far from pinpointing the secrets of the human mind or leading to an uprising of brainy primates. …

…continue reading ‘Chinese Scientists Have Put Human Brain Genes in Monkeys – and Yes, They May Be Smarter’

Image: By Self-portrait by the depicted Macaca nigra female; rotated and cropped by David Slater. See article. – Daily Mail, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30463566

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