Mice with a single missing gene have brains that are 35 percent larger than normal, a new study found. Though they have big brains the mice are as healthy and happy as normal mice.
The researchers created these mutant mice to learn more about Snf2l, which is known to play a role in folding up and organizing the cell's genetic material, and in turning genes on and off. They found that the mutant mice were completely normal, except that they had larger brains, more cells in all areas of the brain, and more actively dividing brain stem cells.
If we manipulated this gene in chimpanzees, would we end up with a "near-human", sentient being?
Shadowwolf wrote:As Mr M says there is more to it than merely brain size but I'm not sure that it would be the greatest idea in the verse to be trying to bring primates towards our level, may not work out for the best.
At that point we will be looking for cheap labour again,
Shadowwolf wrote:...they won't be human thus the thinking will go that therefore they don't have rights and can be treated as tools, living but tools nonetheless. That won't work out well and won't reflect particularly well on us either.
Shadowwolf wrote:Nope, later tests indicated a chimp with some genetic variations from your common garden variety chimp. Might be a rare sub-type or a random mutation but it's not a hybrid.
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