We should totally turn a monkey into a human
A recent genetics article got the mad scientist in me thinking. Chinese scientists have identified one of the mutations in human DNA that causes an important structural difference in the brain between old world monkeys and humans. The mad scientist in me wants to genetically engineer a monkey with this mutation, and as we discover more of these important mutations, continue adding them until we’ve step-by-step engineered a monkey into a pseudo-human.
Okay, totally unethical.
But maybe we can someday gene-hack a Chihuahua into a Bulldog, showing how each small mutation can cause large physiological changes. As much was achieved through selective breeding on a much smaller time-scale than human evolutionary history, so it shouldn’t be too hard.
And then after that, monkey-dogs. Mwuahahahahhaha.