NEURALINK, a biotech company of Tesla founder Elon Musk, is accused of torturing monkeys used for testing purposes.
An animal rights group, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), claims that it has obtained detailed records of monkey abuse.
Jeremy Beckham, MPA, MPH, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine research advocacy expert, told The Sun via email that there is skepticism about Musk and Neuralink’s claims about the experiments.
Bekham said: “Our medical experts, who specialize in neurological experiments in monkeys, were skeptical of the lofty claims made by Elon Musk/Neuralink in the press at the time of our request. first demand (September 2020).
“We wanted to review UC Davis’s internal recordings, including videos and photos, to better understand what was happening to the experimental animals and to verify the integrity and promise of the study. assist.”
Animal rights group also said Business Insider The records show that the monkeys experienced “extreme distress due to inadequate animal care and the highly invasive experimental head transplant during the experiment.”
Various media are reporting that 23 monkeys took part in the experiments, which lasted from 2017 to 2020.
However, it was also reported that 15 of the monkeys died or were killed by 2020.
The remaining seven monkeys were moved to a Neuralink facility.
Beckham said the last monkey was shipped in November 2020.
“At the time they were transferred to Neuralink, they were ‘naive in the trial’ and had not had any other surgery or procedure,” Beckham told The Sun by email.
“We have no information on what happened to them after November 2020 and likely never will.”
Neuralink is said to be developing a brain chip that can monitor and even stimulate brain activity.
The company signed an agreement with UC Davis in 2017 to develop brain chip technology by experimenting with monkeys, as the university is known for its primate research facility.
But the animal rights group claims that the university has withheld information about the treatment of the animals during testing.
The monkeys may have suffered “probably from self-mutilation or some other unspecified trauma,” according to New York Post.
The agency also reported that records show that some of the monkeys may have had holes drilled in their heads, and that others had bleeding skin infections.
On its website, Neuralink states: “Putting a device into the brain always carries some risk of bleeding. We are trying to reduce that risk by using micrometer-sized, threaded threads that are inserted into the brain. inserted with a needle the diameter of many neurons in the brain.”
In a statement to Fortune, a UC Davis spokesperson denied the allegations, saying, “We fully complied with California’s Public Records Act in responding to their request.”
Neuralink and UC Davis ended their relationship in 2020.
Beckham said: “We have no information as to why the relationship ended in November 2020, but it ended abruptly and that raises many questions.
Neither Neuralink nor UC Davis responded to The US Sun’s request for comment.
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