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Chinese scientists implanted monkey with human brain genes for intelligence evolution studies

R Sinduja

News Editor

Chinese Scientists put human brain genes into monkeys to study the unique evolution of human intelligence. They inserted MCPH1, a gene that plays a role in human brain development, into 11 rhesus monkeys. They found that monkeys' brains similar to human brains took longer tie to develop. The animals performed better in short-term memory tests as well as the reaction time as compared to wild monkeys.