Genetically Engineered Monkeys in China Re-affirm the Need for International Ethics in Science

An image of a macaque monkey that was used in the Chinese experiment where the creatures were genetically modified to become more “human.”

The field of genetic manipulation in science faces numerous ethical concerns. Scientists in the field of genetics have carried out research and even experiments which aim to improve the lives of human beings in general. However, some of these experiments infringe upon ethical laws such as the genetic manipulation of human beings like the one carried out a few years ago by a Chinese scientist known as JK.

JK manipulated the genes of two children to improve their cognitive abilities. This experiment raised several concerns since such measures on human beings are not acceptable. However, as the field of genetics continues to broaden, researchers tend to try and overcome such obstacles just to prove the accuracy of their findings.

Recently, scientists in China were able to genetically engineer several monkeys by splicing some genes from the human brain. The experiment proved successful since the monkeys were able to develop more advanced cognitive performance compared to the ones in the control group. The experimental group displayed a better recognition of colors and patterns indicating that genetic manipulation for improved mental prowess is possible.

The western world frowns upon such experiments on primates due to ethics. Nevertheless, rogue scientists from the west tend to outsource their research to countries with less ethical regulations on similar experiments.

Thus, this pattern increases the need for an international regulatory framework which provides blanket enforcement on scientific research and experiments that are likely to break ethical laws. The move will ensure the future generations are not exposed to harmful mutant species created from laboratories.

James Ramer

James Ramer is an art enthusiast and a journalist for the Journalist Observer. He is also the editor of a digital photography magazine. He covers areas including film, theatre, literature, architecture, music, visual arts. He is a veteran of several writing workshops, a professional art critic and has had experience in journalism, content creation, digital marketing, creative writing, social media, communication, and public relations. He earned an MFA in Film from the New York Film Academy and holds a bachelors degree in Creative Writing from the University Of California Santa Cruz.

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