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Researchers Create First Genetically Modified Monkeys

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the didn't-we-just-see-this-movie dept.

Biotech 134

Several readers tipped news that U.S. scientists have created 'chimeric' monkeys, made with genetic material from as many as six different genomes (abstract). This is significant because it's the first time researchers have used the technique on a primate. From the article: "Researchers took very early stem cells, called totipotent stem cells, from separate developing embryos and basically glued them together, implanting the mixed embryos into surrogate mother monkeys. The cells — from totally different sources — didn’t fuse, but worked together in harmony, forming fully fledged, normal, healthy animals. ... The key here was the scientists’ use of totipotent cells, so named for their ability to differentiate into the totality of possible cells in an animal. A totipotent cell can give rise to a whole animal. Pluripotent stem cells, the type most frequently used in stem cell research, can differentiate into any cell in the body, but can’t become a whole animal, and can’t make other embryonic tissues like a placenta. Totipotent stem cells are only derived from the very earliest stages of a zygote, mere days after fertilization. In humans, totipotent cells differentiate into pluripotent cells after four days."

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134 comments

Totipotent first post! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38609826)

All subsequent posts are pluripotent and require this fp to proceed.

Oh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38609834)

ohhh

Sounds very Frankensteinish (3, Insightful)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609836)

I assume since the immune system is trained up together, there aren't issues with tissue rejection? Since scientists have created a way to turn ordinary skin cells into pluripotent stem cells (via a viral gene therapy process), are there any plans to try to reach this totipotent stage as well?

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (3, Informative)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610162)

Chimeras occur in nature and AFAIK there are no negative health effects so I don't think tissue rejection is an issue...

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610188)

But, cross-species chimeras? I'm not familiar with that in nature.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610224)

I RTFA'd and still can't find where it says these are cross-species.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (2)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610546)

Researchers took very early stem cells, called totipotent stem cells, from separate developing embryos and basically glued them together, implanting the mixed embryos into surrogate mother monkeys. The cells â" from totally different sources â" didnâ(TM)t fuse, but worked together in harmony, forming fully fledged, normal, healthy animals.

I suppose if the stem cells were fused it would be cross species but it's pretty clear they are seperate stem cells developing independant of eachother in the same womb.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611232)

The word "chimera" means it is cross species; the chimeric monkey being a mosaic of varied monkey species cells.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (4, Informative)

Alphadecay27 (1277022) | more than 2 years ago | (#38612044)

The word "chimera" means it is cross species; the chimeric monkey being a mosaic of varied monkey species cells.

Your vast knowledge of greek literature (or alternately the AD&D monster manual) does not apply here. The term just means the animal has two distinct genetic pools.

The original article specifies that: The chimeric monkeys were born after the researchers essentially glued cells from separate rhesus monkey embryos together. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/cp-wfc010412.php [eurekalert.org]

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

kcitren (72383) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611570)

It is an probably an issue, but I'm not a biologist, geneticist, or anything related to medicine. What I do know is that females are far more likely to be chimera than males, and autoimmune disorders are far more prevalent in females than males. It seems likely that there's something going on there.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (0)

kurt555gs (309278) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610190)

The good news is soon they will be able to make better children. The right skin and eye color, smart, well behaved, healthy. And, these GM children will then vote for allowing GM food in every country in the world.

Hail Monsanto!

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610212)

That's bad news for us, cellar dwellers.. in a world where everyone is perfect.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610232)

Go watch the movie Gattica [imdb.com] .

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

AlterEager (1803124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610362)

Duh.

GATTACA.

There is no base called "I".

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (2)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610514)

GADDIKUH

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611320)

I = inosine, used as a base tht complements any of the 4 main bases. It isnt in natural nucleic acid, but is found in, for example, degenerate PCR primers where some nucleotides in the target sequences may be varied and whose positons are likely identified as single nucleotide polymorphisms.

Basically, you can use inosine in place of the known complement, for sequencing or pcr, when the base it complements is unknown.

Re:Sounds very Frankensteinish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611756)

Just like with bone marrow transplants, as I understand it. The recipient's new marrow, though genetically distinct from the patient, grows immune cells which consider both the new marrow and the host as 'self'. I even read years ago (late 80's I think) that researchers had done this with animals prior to giving them organ transplants so that they considered the organs compatible.. would be nice if this got into use with humans ASAP, so kidney/liver/etc. transplants could be done without a need for lifelong drug treatment afterwards.

Damn you! Damn you all to hell! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38609840)

Did they name one of them Ceaser?

Re:Damn you! Damn you all to hell! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610056)

Who cares? I just want to know of any of them have four asses.

Re:Damn you! Damn you all to hell! (4, Funny)

GigG (887839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610422)

Come on /. minions. Five whole minutes from the post of the story to the first post referencing Planet of the Apes. That is just sloppy.

Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (5, Interesting)

yog (19073) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609862)

Let's set aside all religious and moral/ethical concerns and look at the practicalities. A chimp with near-human intelligence would be a tremendous asset to both the military and private economy. They are much stronger and faster than humans, so would be incredible soldiers. They can ALREADY use sign language to communicate with humans, so just imagine taking that a step further--being able to type or write messages, maybe able to mimic human spoken language.

They would make great athletic coaches, especially for gymnastic training and the like. They would be good nannies and playmates for kids, and could defend the kids from nasty people even more effectively than could a dog.

I guess that leads to the idea of chimeric dogs. Just imagine a dog smart enough to identify someone and testify against him in court. "Yes sir, that's the perpetrator. I can smell him a mile away."

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38609910)

Neo chimps, Neo Dolphins, Neo Dogs.... The Uplift Wars saga....

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38609940)

Consider first, everything that you've ever done in front of your dog, and then ask if you really want them being able to talk.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (5, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610038)

Consider first, everything that you've ever done in front of your dog, and then ask if you really want them being able to talk.

That goes two ways. I've seen my dogs do things they wouldn't want to be public knowledge.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610072)

Yes, but if they surpass humanity in too many regards... Planet of the Apes... err... chimps.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610130)

"They can ALREADY use sign language to communicate with humans, so just imagine taking that a step further--being able to type or write messages, maybe able to mimic human spoken language."

They'd be able to write Shakespeare real fast.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (5, Informative)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610160)

No, Chimps are not great playmates nor nannies. If they get it into their head to attack, for many times unclear reasons, they instinctely follow a pattern of destruction of the enemy primates body. first they will gnaw off your child's fingers. Then they attack your precious little one's face by biting off parts. They then start to dismember, ripping off limbs.

Chimps are unpredictable and extremely dangerous. Many people have been maimed or killed by their pet chimps.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (4, Interesting)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610612)

Chimps are unpredictable and extremely dangerous. Many people have been maimed or killed by their pet chimps.

Yeah, under no circumstances google any picture of Charla Nash.

(Now observe people doing exactly the thing I told them not to do...)

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (1)

impaledsunset (1337701) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610656)

How about Bonobos?

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (2)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611694)

197 out of 200 bonobo owners and their family members surveyed couldn't answer, as they were being penetrated in all their orifices by bonobos. The other three were busy spitting out bonobo semen.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (2)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610268)

A chimp with near-human intelligence would be a tremendous asset to both the military and private economy. They are much stronger and faster than humans, so would be incredible soldiers.

I guess it's time we all watch the Planet of the Apes movie again. Just for a refresher.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (3, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610554)

They are much stronger and faster than humans, so would be incredible soldiers.

I don't see them being worth the investment compared to a predator drone. What good would a chimp do in Iraq? Convince an informant to give up the location of an insurgent by pretending to smoke a cigar in a cute fashion? Throw poop at a IUD until it was deactivated?

Throw poop at a IUD until it was deactivated? (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611284)

I think I saw that video on vchan.org/hc

Chromosome 6? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610736)

Did anyone read the book Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook? How much can we genetically alter apes / chimps before they become people? By replacing a simple chromosome in bonobos, those animals developed human-like traits -- including the ability to create and control fire.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (4, Insightful)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611184)

Let's set aside all religious and moral/ethical concerns and look at the practicalities.

Now there's a worrying start to a conversation.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (3, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611718)

Truman: Are you planning to make some kind of alien-human hybrid?
Zoidberg: Are you coming onto me?
Truman: Hot crackers, I take exception to that!
Zoidberg: I'm not hearing a "no".

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611766)

"A chimp with near-human intelligence would be a tremendous asset to both the military and private economy"

Bah, we had that, they were called negroes back then!

PS:
SATIRE IS NOT RACISM

Science, morality and ethics (2)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611936)

Let's set aside all religious and moral/ethical concerns and look at the practicalities.

I can set aside religious concerns, but are you really proposing setting aside moral/ethical concerns? Would it be okay to create such a creature and have them fight our wars (whether for real or on the field)? One of the reasons people get concerned about technology and unbridled science is that all too often, moral/ethical concerns are left out of the discussion.

For example, the technology to split an atom is, in and of itself, a neutral thing. Using the technology to provide a power source versus creating a weapon of mass destruction is a moral/ethical decision. Just like the Nazis couldn't get by saying "I was only following orders," scientists can't get by ignoring the moral/ethical considerations, either (of course I do realize that statement is a moral/ethical one).

The moral/ethical implications of science and technology should not be left up to the scientist, but to society itself.

Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (1)

Ragica (552891) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611994)

Nice try, Dr. Zaius, now back to your cage.

I'm very traditional (-1, Offtopic)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609882)

I'm very traditional. I like entering a vagina with my penis. So, that high-tech crap the article is about is nothing for me.

Re:I'm very traditional (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38609932)

I like entering a vagina with my penis.

Lies!

This is /. You're a virgin living in your parents basement.

Re:I'm very traditional (1)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610378)

I'm very traditional. I like entering a vagina with my penis. So, that high-tech crap the article is about is nothing for me.

Chimps have Vaginas. Maybe you could get one that looks like Megan Fox.

Re:I'm very traditional (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610632)

I'm very traditional. I like entering a vagina with my penis.

I usually enter a door, but then again, I'm almost six feet tall... (And obviously, I don't leave my penis on the street most of the time.)

And so begins... (3, Funny)

rsmith84 (2540216) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609888)

the Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

Re:And so begins... (1)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609934)

Led by Frankenmonkey.

Re:And so begins... (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609970)

"Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!"

Re:And so begins... (2)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610192)

Beware the beast Man, for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust, or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death. -- The Sacred Scrolls

Re:And so begins... (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611394)

The important take home message is that the chimera is formed of cells from different species, and developed relatively fine...

Re:And so begins... (4, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609974)

He can talk?
He can talk!
He can talk?!

I can Sing!!!

Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius,
Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius,
Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius,
ohhh, Dr. Zaius.

RIP Troy McClure & Lionel Hutz (2)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610204)

The best and brightest of a generation cut down by Zoloft.

Re:RIP Troy McClure & Lionel Hutz (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610486)

Brilliant

Re:And so begins... (1)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610552)

In theory, this therapy can be used to treat a wide range of brain disorders. It's virtually limitless.

Not genetically engineered? (2)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609896)

It seems to me that the manipulation was entirely mechanical and chemical, and that no modification of the genetic content of the cells happened at all. Which actually makes it all the more striking a result.

Re:Not genetically engineered? (3, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610242)

No, it makes it less striking. Chimeras occur naturally when fraternal twin zygotes fuse at an early stage. The interesting result here isn't the production of the chimeras. There's no technical reason that we would want to create chimeras. The chimera is just proof that the stem cells they used were totipotent.

Re:Not genetically engineered? (2)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610466)

I think it's interesting that genetically distinct cells will still properly coordinate for normal development, a striking example of the organisational abilities of the developmental process.

Re:Not genetically engineered? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610532)

Oh yes it is, but it's not a new result by any means.

Re:Not genetically engineered? (1)

Agent0013 (828350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611490)

I remember someone here in a previous discusion about chimeras pointing out the male / female chicken chimeras that happen naturally. Check out this [discovermagazine.com] for a nice picture of a chicken that is two different colors, split right down the middle. In fact the two halves are different sexes as well. Or search google images for "chicken chimera" for pictures of others.

Re:Not genetically engineered? (3, Informative)

glwtta (532858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610642)

There's no technical reason that we would want to create chimeras.

Sure there is, most genetically engineered mouse models (for example) involve a chimeric step in their creation: stem cells with the desired modification are injected into 'donor' blastocysts and implanted into a host female, producing chimeras which are then bred for several generations to create homozygous offspring.

Re:Not genetically engineered? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610742)

You're right, it's not genetically modified. The scientists involved don't seem to have made that claim in the Cell paper, nor does the Popsci article.

This is actually a setback for making a genetically modified primate if I'm understanding it from the abstract. Genetically modified mice have been made for a while now. The process involves injecting embryonic stem cells which you've modified into the embryo. That makes a chimera (some of the cells are normal, some of the cells are modified). You then mate two such mice and hopefully should get some mice that are have one copy of the gene in every cell.

Embryonic stem cells are somewhat easy to work with, you can grow as much as you need. Modifying the genes of a cell is not easy, but you only need one success.

Panel one of the current paper shows that with primates, injecting modified embryonic stem cells doesn't seem to work: the embryos never incorporate those ES cells. They only incorporate todipotent cells, which are capable of making a whole organism (as opposed to ES cells which can make any cell TYPE but won't be able to make a complete animal on their own, as far as I know).

Much less work has been done on todipotent cells, we have fewer tools for genetically modifying them than we do for ES cells. I've never heard of anyone genetically modifying them (though I don't follow that research closely.)

So it would appear that making a genetically modified human or monkey will be much more challenging than making a modified mouse, which is already quite expensive and difficult.

Great (0)

assertation (1255714) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609972)

Great, on top of global warming, nuclear war and overpopulation the establishment has to add the threat of making "The Planet Of The Apes" a reality too.

Oh well, at least I'm not allergic to nuts.

Re:Great (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610024)

Come on, help a brother out! We're all part of the same family.

Re:Great (1)

TheDarkMaster (1292526) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611362)

You forgot "zumbi apocalipse", "giant meteor strike", "LHC goes wild"... :)

A Brave New Monkey (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609980)

I can't wait until they can grow the cells upside down and shaking so they can work on the wings of our rocket planes while in flight.

Different genders? (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609988)

What would the outcome be if they mixed Totipotent cells from monkeys of different genders?

Re:Different genders? (1)

taiwanjohn (103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610100)

They would win a Nobel prize for discovering the only "niche" porn concept that doesn't yet have its own website.

Re:Different genders? (4, Informative)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610110)

Mixed-gender chimeras happen in real life. In general it's not a huge problem for the organism. One part of the animal contains the sex organs, and those organs are appropriate for the genes in that part. The hormones are often wacky, of course. Yes, you can get hermaphrodites this way.

You may be under the impression that a chimera is a homogenous mix of cells from different gene lines. Actually, the gene lines usually occur in 'clumps' throughout the organism. The right arm might be all one gene line, while the torso is another, and the left arm yet a third. The clump around the lower abdomen will determine which sex organs develop.

Re:Different genders? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610272)

It shouldn't be that important. The only gene that determines gender is TFT, and all that does is make the testes form... everything else gender-specific is a consequence of the hormone produced there. So long as the gonads are of matching gender, the organisism as a whole should present as one gender anatomically. It's only if the chimeric line happens to run between the gonads that you'd get weird hermaphroditic outcomes.

Re:Different genders? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610380)

Typo, sorry: Meant to say TDF.

Re:Different genders? (2)

taiwanjohn (103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610636)

Well, TDF may be the only gene that determines gender, it's certainly not the only thing that determines how a fetus develops. The hormonal environment in the womb also has a huge effect, and seems to have a significant impact on sexual orientation as well as physiology. IANA biologist, but I suspect that the number of "natural" hermaphrodites resulting from chimeric mergers is vanishingly small.

Re:Different genders? (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611006)

Thanks, I was not aware of that. I often find that my education as an Electrical Engineer has left me woefully ignorant regarding biology.

Re:Different genders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610144)

From TFS

Totipotent stem cells are only derived from the very earliest stages of a zygote, mere days after fertilization. In humans, totipotent cells differentiate into pluripotent cells after four days

Anything that has a gender does not have totipotent stem cells.

Re:Different genders? (3, Informative)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610360)

Depends how you define 'gender.' Do you want an organism that is genetically male but anatomically female, or vice versa? That's easily done, certainly in any species that uses the XY chromosome system like humans. If no scientist has done it yet, it is only because there is no reason to. One tiny little genetic change to disable the TDF gene and you get a genetically male female, or one tiny adjustment to hormone levels in utero for a genetically female male. Humans don't start to develop gender-specific features until well into the fetus stage - they all start developing as a female. That is why men have nipples.

Finally he has done it! (5, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 2 years ago | (#38609990)

Behold! The six assed monkey!

Re:Finally he has done it! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610838)

Sadly it died out of depression. Too much poo and not enough hands to fling it with.

Re:Finally he has done it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611214)

Behold! The six assed monkey!

I'd be more surprised if they spliced elephant and pig DNA.

Re:Finally he has done it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611432)

Don't you remember the song? "Pig and elephant DNA just won't splice!"

The real question is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610010)

was there 12 monkeys?

Hey! Hey! We're the monkeys! (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610022)

I don't know why. I just felt like saying that.

The Rise of the Plant of the Apes (0)

whitedsepdivine (1491991) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610028)

Caesar has been born!

Engineered chimera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610096)

So I guess that makes it an engineered chimera [wikipedia.org] , right ?

Can they read Shakespeare yet? (1)

Zcar (756484) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610246)

I mean, creating the works is one thing, but reading them...

Planet of the apes (1)

cod3r_ (2031620) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610262)

Feel like I've heard this story before.. and it doesn't end well

Why didn't they choose a meat animal? (1)

Sentrion (964745) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610266)

I would have much rather preferred that they fused the cells of a chicken and a pig. I think chork or picken would be well received by the culinary industry. Chicken fused with tuna might even make a bigger splash. Imagine eating Chuna or Ticken straight out of a can of "Chicken of the Sea" brand chicken-tuna. Finally, the brand name for the popular canned meat would make sense. Mmmm!

Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610414)

I've seen this movie.

Obligatory (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610464)

George Taylor: A planet where apes evolved from men? There's got to be an answer. Dr. Zaius: Don't look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.

RoundUp resistant (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610542)

In other news ADM reports that these monkeys are RoundUp resistant, allowing mokey farmers to increase MYPA (monkey yield per acre).

GNU breed? (2)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#38610738)

'Cause, ya know, if they're not open source it'll make rooting 'em to turn 'em into Android monkeys just that much harder.

Re:GNU breed? (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 2 years ago | (#38611484)

they absolutely are open source, coded in DNA, the language of life.

Welcome, Chimeric Monkey Overlords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38610772)

I, for one, welcome our new Chimeric Monkey Overlords.

Best line in the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611050)

"Nobody would ever create a chimeric human"

WHEW!! Well, great, i'm glad to hear that. Let's list all the other things that 'Nobody' would ever do. The author clearly needs to read more science fiction...

So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611336)

Does this mean we're actually headed toward planet of the apes or will I finally be able to have my cat-girl [photobucket.com] soon? (link should be SFW)

Oh Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611470)

Now 12 monkeys can infect 72 different species at the same time.

name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38611822)

Was his name Caesar?

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  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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