UK Scientists Warn Of Future ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Scenario

planet-of-the-apesCould ongoing experiments involving the mixing of human and non-human DNA produce monstrous, over-intelligent hybrids down the road? In the U.S., human cells are already being implanted in mouse embryos, so we’ll likely be facing the rats of NIMH, rather than talking chimps who smoke pipes. The Telegraph reports:

Action is needed now, according to a group of eminent experts. Their report calls for a new rules to supervise sensitive research that involves humanizing animals.

“The fear is that if you start putting very large numbers of human brain cells into the brains of primates suddenly you might transform the primate into something that has some of the capacities that we regard as distinctively human..speech, or other ways of being able to manipulate or relate to us.”

Currently research involving great apes, such as chimpanzees, is outlawed in the UK. But it continues in many other countries including the US, and British scientists are permitted to experiment on monkeys.

Prof Baldwin, professor of philosophy at the University of York, recommended applying the “Great Ape Test”. If modified monkeys began to acquire abilities similar to those of chimpanzees, it was time to “hold off”.

In the US, scientists have already implanted human embryonic stem cells – which can develop into any part of the human body – into mouse embryos. The mouse cells rapidly outgrew the human stem cells, so that only a tiny proportion of the embryos ended up “human”.

24 Comments on "UK Scientists Warn Of Future ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Scenario"

  1. Anarchy Wolf | Jul 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm |

    This is already the planet of the apes. The apes have already taken over and already created a dystopian future. 

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jul 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |

    This is already the planet of the apes. The apes have already taken over and already created a dystopian future. 

  3. If the UFO’s are ours and not Aliens I guess we already have a “Planet of the Apes” Scenario.

  4. Wait I thought the planet of the apes has already occurred??? oh, we must be having an identity crisis again.

  5. jasonpaulhayes | Jul 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

    If the UFO’s are ours and not Aliens I guess we already have a “Planet of the Apes” Scenario.

  6. Wait I thought the planet of the apes has already occurred??? oh, we must be having an identity crisis again.

  7. we are the apes in the planet of the apes scenario … he are the hybrid monkeys …

  8. we are the apes in the planet of the apes scenario … he are the hybrid monkeys …

  9. we are the apes in the planet of the apes scenario … he are the hybrid monkeys …

  10. The same primate.

  11. Thats the plan though: wipe out all the normal species, keep only a sample then interbreed them with humans to make the entire planet filled with smarter animals. it TOTALLY makes sense now!

  12. Thats the plan though: wipe out all the normal species, keep only a sample then interbreed them with humans to make the entire planet filled with smarter animals. it TOTALLY makes sense now!

  13. Ronniedobbs | Jul 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm |

    Anyone walk into a WalMart lately?  Go there at 2:00 in the morning and it will change your views on evolution.  

  14. Ronniedobbs | Jul 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm |

    Anyone walk into a WalMart lately?  Go there at 2:00 in the morning and it will change your views on evolution.  

  15. Simiantongue | Jul 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm |

    Humans ARE apes. They meant “Planet of The Slightly Different Apes”. Ooooh scary and twisted. Can people really generally feel that type of survival instinct on such a personal emotional level I wonder? Someone sees a species that could vie for the ecological niche that humans currently fill and perceive a fear of it on some emotional level. Possible I guess.

    Maybe that’s what led to the extinction of other humanoid species that looked too much like our own in the past. Who knows.

  16. Simiantongue | Jul 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    Humans ARE apes. They meant “Planet of The Slightly Different Apes”. Ooooh scary and twisted. Can people really generally feel that type of survival instinct on such a personal emotional level I wonder? Someone sees a species that could vie for the ecological niche that humans currently fill and perceive a fear of it on some emotional level. Possible I guess.

    Maybe that’s what led to the extinction of other humanoid species that looked too much like our own in the past. Who knows.

  17. DeepCough | Jul 26, 2011 at 12:04 am |

    The Planet of the Apes scenario, while it could be said to have already occurred, is due very much to the sick irony that we humans have rejected evolution.

    “In this world gone mad, we will not spank the monkey–the monkey will spank us!” ~”Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”

  18. DeepCough | Jul 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm |

    The Planet of the Apes scenario, while it could be said to have already occurred, is due very much to the sick irony that we humans have rejected evolution.

    “In this world gone mad, we will not spank the monkey–the monkey will spank us!” ~”Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”

  19. other then the stuff apple puts out we haven’t had any technological breakthroughs that brought us closer to utopia but we have scientific breakthrough that’ll bring all our best sci-fi/horror films to life, with the desire to imitate skynet, cdc warning about zombie invasion and now this

  20. other then the stuff apple puts out we haven’t had any technological breakthroughs that brought us closer to utopia but we have scientific breakthrough that’ll bring all our best sci-fi/horror films to life, with the desire to imitate skynet, cdc warning about zombie invasion and now this

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