Human brain size gene triggers bigger brain in monkeys

Microscopy image of a section through one brain hemisphere of a 101 day- old ARHGAP11B-transgenic marmoset fetus. Cell nuclei are visualized by DAPI (white). Arrows indicate a sulcus and a gyrus. Credit: Heide et al. / MPI-CBG The expansion of the human brain during evolution, specifically of the neocortex, is linked to cognitive abilities suchContinue reading “Human brain size gene triggers bigger brain in monkeys”

Pig-Monkey Hybrid Engineered in China

This piglet had some cells from a monkey but died within a week of birth Tang Hai By Michael Le Page Pig-primate chimeras have been born live for the first time but died within a week. The two piglets, created by a team in China, looked normal although a small proportion of their cells wereContinue reading “Pig-Monkey Hybrid Engineered in China”

Monkeys are exquisitely attuned to the same signals signals about sex and social status upon which many successful advertisements rely.

Any ad executive will tell you that sex sells. But why? Do sexy images stimulate our biological urges, somehow motivating us to buy products? Or do marketers merely exploit and perpetuate our cultural obsession with sexual imagery? Do people want the beauty, wealth and power celebrities have, and use the products they endorse in theContinue reading “Monkeys are exquisitely attuned to the same signals signals about sex and social status upon which many successful advertisements rely.”

Meet Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the First Monkey Clones Produced by Method that Made Dolly

The first primate clones made by somatic cell nuclear transfer are two genetically-identical long-tailed macaques born recently at the Institute of Neuroscience of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. Researchers named the newborns Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua—born six and eight weeks ago, respectively—after the Chinese adjective “Zhōnghuá,” which means Chinese nation or people. TheContinue reading “Meet Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the First Monkey Clones Produced by Method that Made Dolly”

Self-Medicating Monkeys Gobble Painkilling Bark

By Jason G. Goldman When a monkey has the sniffles or a headache, it doesn’t have the luxury of popping a few painkillers from the medicine cabinet. So how does it deal with the common colds and coughs of the wildlife world? University of Georgia ecologist Ria R. Ghai and her colleagues observed a troopContinue reading “Self-Medicating Monkeys Gobble Painkilling Bark”

Head transplant has been successfully done on a monkey, neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero claims

by Andrew Griffin The scientist who claims to be about to carry out the first human head transplant says that he has successfully done the procedure on a monkey. Maverick neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero has tested the procedure in experiments on monkeys and human cadavers, he told New Scientist. Dr Canavero says that the success showsContinue reading “Head transplant has been successfully done on a monkey, neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero claims”