Scientists have devised a new way to turn some monkeys into a different breed of super intelligent by implanting human DNA into their brains.
According to the British METRO site, the researchers took a gene called MCPH1 of humans, believed to play a role in human brain development, and introduced it into 11 monkeys.
Monkey brains began to behave somewhat like human race, yet the monkeys’ brains did not grew larger.
The research was conducted at the Kunming Zoological Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, working with US researchers at the University of North Carolina.
“Our findings have shown that monkeys have the ability to provide important and unique insights into basic questions about what makes a person unique,” the researchers wrote.
Monkeys underwent memory tests that required them to remember the colors and shapes on the screen, as well as subjecting them to magnetic resonance imaging, only five monkeys were successful in the testing phase.
The researchers said the rhesus monkey on which the experiment is being tested is more genetically related to humans.
Larry Baum, a researcher at the University of Hong Kong’s Center for Genomic Science, said there are millions of individual DNA bases that differ between humans and monkeys. If this study changes only a few in 20,000 genes, this will measure variations in monkey performance if genetically modified.