A controversial study has just been published by the Chinese Journal of Biomedical Engineering, which succeeded in extending a bird’s remote control. The research, conducted at Shandong University of Science and Technology, used pigeons controlled by electrodes surgically attached to their heads. the electrodes transmit signals to the nervous system to obey simple commands such as turning right or left with 80 to 90 percent accuracy.
For it to work the pigeon is connected to a receiver on it back, like a backpack. Next to the receiver is a lithium battery and a small solar panel, half the size of a smartphone, which provides the power.
Previously, the remote control battery power lasted 45 minutes, but now, thanks to the small solar panel, it was increased to 2 hours.
One of the scientists said, “The results show that for animals that are active outdoors, such as domestic pigeons, the running time is greatly extended after the system is installed and they can perform tasks in farther places without worrying about the problem of energy exhaustion.”
Several countries use animals in their research, in order to perform tasks such as locating and rescuing earthquake victims, or detecting explosive mines. However, some critics fear that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is seeking to develop its military reach.
The CCP has expanded its animal studies, conducting some controversial research that raises ethical concerns.
CCP plays God and experiments with humanized pigs
In August 2021, Chinese scientists announced the development of genetically modified pigs, which reacted to COVID similar to humans, to test various vaccines and drugs.
Pigs are naturally resistant to COVID, but by modifying their genetics with human cells, their immune system was weakened, making them extremely sensitive to infections.
The ultimate goal was to make the animal sick in order to study the development of serious diseases, which raised important ethical questions due to its cruelty.
The study, conducted at the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), incorporated into the animal’s DNA a gene sequence that contains information to synthesize the hACE2 receptor protein, present in human cells, to which the coronavirus binds to then reproduces and causes cell damage.
The scientists reported, “Here we report our attempt to create the first humanized pig expressing the hACE2 receptor for COVID-19 research, speculating that humanization of the pig ACE2 receptor could make pigs susceptible to SARS-CoV-2.”
First human-ape embryos cause controversy
This is not the first time that experiments have been conducted combining animal and human cells. In August 2019, a Spanish researcher, together with Chinese researchers, produced the first human chimeras.
The word chimera has its origin in Greek mythology, and means a beast formed by different animal parts. Today, the word is used to refer to organisms created with two or more cells from different species.
The experiments were conducted at China’s Yunnan Primate Biomedical Research Laboratory, a facility with thousands of monkeys in the city of Kunming. The ultimate goal was to develop a human organ that could be transplanted.
However, for Dr. Angel Raya, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, the experiments are highly controversial and unethical.
Raya said, “What happens if the stem cells escape and form human neurons in the animal’s brain? Would it have consciousness?”
Federico Montalvo, president of Spain’s Bioethics Committee, criticized the purpose the experiment in the communist country, saying, “Is it because scientifically they are more advanced or because ethically they are more relaxed?”
Montalvo heads the Spanish government’s top advisory body on scientific ethics, and is concerned about the end of the experiment.
Montalvo added, “The current objective should be applauded, but perhaps one should also consider whether it can be used for other purposes, such as creating a kind of intermediate subject. The risk is to open a path that other people can follow.”
In late 2020, then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that the CCP was becoming the number one threat to America and the free world.
He said, “If I could communicate one thing to the American people from this one vantage point, it is that the People’s Republic of China represents the greatest threat to the U.S. today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom around the world since World War II.”
He further charged, “There are no ethical limits to Beijing’s quest for power,” while describing that the Chinese regime conducted tests on its men in hopes of developing soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities.”
According to a publication by the Jamestown Foundation, the People’s Liberation Army has conducted biotechnology studies on its soldiers, making genetic modifications.
One of these modifications is known as Regularly Spaced Short Palindromic Repeats, which would increase human performance in combat, although it is still in the experimental stage.
Adding to this, U.S. researchers Elsa Kania and Wilson VornDick, authors of the Jamestown publication, said that in 2018, China had created the first genetically modified babies.
The researchers reported, “Infamously, the first humans to be subject to genetic engineering were also born in China.”
They added,”This breach of ethics has been condemned by the scientific community within China and worldwide, while also prompting the development of a new law on human gene editing.”