Thursday, January 28, 2016

First Monkeys with Autism Created in China

First Monkeys with Autism Created in China
Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, an achievement that could make it easier to test treatments but that raises thorny practical and ethical questions over how useful such animal models will be.

Neuroscientist Zilong Qiu of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences says his team has generated more than a dozen monkeys with a genetic error that in human children causes a rare syndrome whose symptoms include mental retardation and autistic features, such as repetitive speech and restricted interests.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Head transplant carried out on monkey, claims maverick surgeon

Head transplant carried out on monkey, claims maverick surgeon
The head transplant juggernaut rolls on. Last year, maverick surgeon Sergio Canavero caused a worldwide storm when he revealed his plan to attempt a human head transplant to New Scientist. He claimed that the surgical protocol would be ready within two years and said he intended to offer the surgery as a treatment for complete paralysis.

Now, working with other scientists in China and South Korea, he claims to have moved closer to that goal with a series of experiments in animals and human cadavers.

“I would say we have plenty of data to go on,” says Canavero. “It’s important that people stop thinking this is impossible. This is absolutely possible and we’re working towards it.”


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

George Bush sentenced for listing monkey heads on eBay

George Bush sentenced for listing monkey heads on eBay

A man who tried to sell the heads of monkeys and leopards on eBay has been sentenced.

George Bush, 63, of Riverdale Road, Erith, south east London, also possessed sexual images of animals, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Bush admitted four charges relating to listings on the online auction site which included more than 130 body parts of endangered species.

Among them were leopard skulls and the hands and heads of monkeys. Bush also admitted possessing 71 images of bestiality.


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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Monkey who took selfie can not own copyright to the photo, judge rules

A US court has ruled that a macaque monkey who took pictures of himself cannot own the copyright to the photographs.

The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed last year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who sought the right to administer proceeds derived from photos taken by a monkey named Naruto in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2011, using a camera belonging to British nature photographer David Slater.


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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Knoxville Zoo chimps confront wayward raccoon

It's doubtful a wild raccoon expected a big chimp challenge when he wandered through the Knoxville Zoo.

A few days ago, "Downtown" Randall Brown was visiting the zoo with his son, Will White, when they spotted something unexpected in Chimp Ridge.

A raccoon had somehow gotten inside the chimpanzee enclosure, and had been "treed" by the youngest and most inquisitive member of the group, 7-year-old George. While the other chimps looked on from nearby, George grabbed a stick and was trying to poke the raccoon.


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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Monkeys kill temple priest in Patna, India

Munna Mishra, a temple priest, was killed when a troop of monkeys playing on the terrace of his house dropped a few bricks on him.

Monkeys on a rampage have left Patna residents a harried lot these days. Several persons, including women and children, have borne the burnt of simian attacks in the past few days. Not to mention people have lost their lives because of the monkey menace in the area.

Munna Mishra, a temple priest, was killed in the Mirchai Gali locality under Chowk police station of Old Patna when a troop of monkeys playing on the terrace of his house dropped a few bricks on him while he was sweeping the floor downstairs on Monday. Mishra was rushed to the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital by his family members but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

Mishra's death caused widespread panic in the area. He was the third person in recent times to have lost his life because of the nuisance caused by monkeys in the locality. After Mishra's death, police wanted to take his body for a post-mortem examination to enable his family get ex-gratia but his relatives declined to opt for the autopsy of his body. Locals alleged that monkeys had bitten several people in areas under the three police stations of Malsalami, Chowk and Khajekalan over the past week.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

US Government Finally Banning Chimp Research

Biomedical and invasive research on chimpanzees will no longer be supported by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). They further decided last Wednesday that they will retire the 50 chimps reserved for future studies.

"We find no evidence that there is a need to continue to do research of an invasive sort on chimpanzees, not now and not going into the future", said Dr. Collins. The decision will finally close the controversial federally funded primate testing and follow the 2013 decision to retire chimpanzees to animal sanctuaries.

In addition, an allocation of $3 million to house additional animals plus the $30 million sanctuary budget set aside by federal legislators last 2000 will be requested to the Congress. In an interview, Collins cited two rationale to coming up with the decision according to the New York Times. First, the 2011 extensive independent assessment that assessed chimpanzee's use on biomedical research led the agency to retire the 300 government-owned chimpanzees two years after and also to set more stringent rules on primates' research.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Howler monkeys with louder roars have smaller testes, potentially shedding light on men's behavior

Those men catcalling and driving Hummers and hollering at football games and, heck, mansplaining – are they compensating for something else?

Science suggests yes.

A new study finds that monkeys with louder calls also have, ahem, smaller balls – and by extension, less sperm for reproduction.

"In evolutionary terms, all males strive to have as many offspring as they can, but when it comes to reproduction you can't have everything," said lead researcher Jacob Dunn of the University of Cambridge's Division of Biological Anthropology, crushing the hopes of high school boys everywhere.

"When males invest in large bodies, bright colors, or weaponry such as horns or long canines, they are unable to also invest in reproductive traits," Dunn added.

It's unclear whether the results extend to gold chains and Camaros, but this is the first study to find an apparent tradeoff between "vocal investment and sperm production," he said.

The researchers studied Howler monkeys, the That-Guy-from-the-Bleacher-Section of the animal kingdom. Weighing just 15 pounds – or the size of a small dog – the species ranks as one of the loudest on the planet, unleashing a roar that can be heard 3 miles away, powered by vocal cords three times longer than a human's.


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Controversy over pigtailed macaques picking coconuts in Thailand

For around 400 years, pigtailed macaques and not humans are picking coconuts. Experts from the National Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison have found that it is because monkeys collect more coconuts than humans.

As per study researchers, monkeys can collect around 1,600 coconuts per day and a female can collect 600 and on the other hand, humans can collected around 80 per day. Not only it is about quantity, from the safety point of view as well monkeys can easily pluck and drop the fruit from the tall trees.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Zeek the Monkey Escapes, Eats Mail in Orlando

A Florida town got a wild surprise when a monkey was spotted on the loose Monday morning.

Residents of Sanford, near Orlando, posted photos on Twitter of the monkey, named "Zeek," jumping on cars and sitting on a mailbox eating someone's mail, according to cops.

The Sanford Police Department said they received a call around 8 a.m. to report the monkey roaming the streets, they told NBC affiliate WFLA.

Officers were able to distract the monkey with a bottle of water, after it started tearing at the police cars.

According to the department's Facebook page, the monkey was finally corralled up by a "private owner" after being caught.


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