The United States investigates Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain implant company, for killing 1,500 animals

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The United States investigates Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain implant company, for killing 1,500 animals

United Stateshas opened a federal investigation into a possible case of animal abuse against Neuralink, the neurotechnology company with which Elon Musk intends to develop brain implants. Several employees have denounced that animal tests and their deaths are accelerating, which has led the authorities to study whether the company has violated the Animal Welfare Law, according to Reuters. /p>

The agency, which has had access to internal documents, has indicated that the Inspector General of the US Department of Agriculture opened the investigation. He closed the investigation “a few months ago” at the request of an attorney general. Internal complaints raise fears that Neuralink has caused unnecessary suffering to many of the animals it tests. Since 2018, the company has killed some 1,500 animals, including more than 280 sheep, pigs and monkeys, according to data reviewed by Reuters and internal sources consulted.

The company US law allows the use of animals for experimentation It provides a free hand for companies on when and how to use these animals for their research purposes. Neuralink has passed all inspections of its facilities by the US Department of Agriculture, as stated in regulatory documents.

Neuralink is a company founded in 2016 by the Richest man in the world with the intention of making chips that can be implanted in human brains to try to cure patients suffering from disabilities caused by depressive disorders. neurological orders. The company is currently working on an implant one that can be attached to the spinal cord to allow paralyzed patients to regain mobility and another eye implant to allow blind patients to regain vision.

Experiment on humans?

Last week, Musk made sure that he was in trouble. He said that within six months they would begin testing the wireless brain chips with humans, a promise that may have more of a marketing ploy to attract attention and attract investors than reality. Last year, they introduced a monkey who, after implanting a device in its brain, was able to play a video game with its mind.

Animal rights groups For years, Neuralink has been accused of mistreating laboratory animals, allegations the company has repeatedly denied. The US authorities will be in charge of determining whether Musk's project has violated federal laws.