The brain implant neurotech company nevertheless denied subjecting monkeys to ‘extreme pain’
Neuralink, a biotech company owned by billionaire Elon Musk, admitted to killing eight monkeys during a trial of its brain chip technology, in a blog post published on Monday.
The company has defended its use of animals in research and dismissed claims that it subjected monkeys to “extreme suffering”. He added that “all new medical devices and treatments” must be tested on animals before it is ethically acceptable to be tested on humans.
“At Neuralink, we are absolutely committed to working with animals in the most humane and ethical way possible,” the company said. “The use of each animal has been extensively planned and considered to balance scientific discovery with the ethical use of animals.”
The firm, however, admitted that eight animals were euthanized during the trials. They said two were killed at “expected end dates for collecting important histological data”, while six had died from surgical complications, device failures, or device-associated infections.
“At Neuralink, we are never satisfied with current animal welfare standards and will always strive to do more for the animals that contribute so much to humanity,” the blog concluded, adding that they looked forward to the day when animals would no longer be needed for testing.
Last week, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a lawsuit accusing Neuralink of failing to provide adequate animal care to monkeys at the University of California’s Davis Primate Center, citing nine human rights violations. animal protection. The university has denied any wrongdoing.
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