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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