An animal-rights group is accusing researchers of subjecting monkeys to illegal mistreatment and “extreme suffering” while testing brain implants for Neuralink, the biotech company owned by the Tesla billionaire Elon Musk.
Insider viewed a draft regulatory complaint that’s expected to be filed with the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday in which the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an animal-rights group, says it’s obtained records showing the monkeys experienced “extreme suffering as a result of inadequate animal care and the highly invasive experimental head implants during the experiments.”
Neuralink is developing a device that would be embedded in humans’ brains to monitor and potentially stimulate brain activity. The device consists of a microchip and wires that would be threaded through a patient’s skull into the brain.
The research at the center of the allegations is affiliated with the University of California at Davis, which operates a federal primate-research facility. The PCRM says it obtained more than 700 pages of documents, including veterinary records and necropsy reports, through a public-records request to the university.
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