While Elon Musk promises a world of humans with chipped brains that can talk directly to machines, today doctors are skeptical of the company’s ambitious plan. they warn It seems that he has relied too much on his self-confidence. In fact, the commercial vision of Elon Musk’s Neuralink company is full of monkey blood and dangerous pathogens. Therefore, the PCRM organization, based on a series of e-mails sent by University of California Davis employees, has accused Noralink of violating hazardous materials laws.
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The risk of the spread of very dangerous diseases due to the negligence of Neuralink
Neuralink plans to begin its first human trials soon, and Elon Musk has said that the brain-to-machine interface his company is building will allow people to play music directly into their brain’s gray matter. Meanwhile, Neuralink seems unable to follow even the most basic guidelines regarding the use of potentially hazardous and biological materials resulting from their highly controversial experiments.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit organization in the United States, said in a warning that Neuralink violated federal laws on hazardous substances on multiple occasions. According to Public emails obtained by PCRMThe incidents in question occurred in 2019 when Neuralink was conducting its “invasive and lethal tests” of implants on rhesus macaques (a type of monkey) at the University of California, Davis.
In emails sent, University of California Davis staff complained to Neuralink about the mishandling of hardware components of a grown neural device that were neither sealed nor disinfected before leaving the campus! Federal regulations require that hazardous materials be transported in a special type of packaging, which has three different layers consisting of two leak-proof containers and a rigid outer packaging material.
Medical files obtained by PCRM regarding the monkeys tested by Neuralink reveal a more troubling issue, as the dangerous devices mentioned may have been contaminated with antibiotic-resistant pathogens including staphylococcus and Klebsiella, which can cause pneumonia, stream infections Blood and meningitis. An “emerging human pathogen” that can cause diphtheria be fatal and Herpes B virus which can cause severe brain damage or even death if not treated “immediately”.
Lady Deborah Dubois PresAssistant General Counsel at PCRM, Esq said in this regard:
Because of this, the organization asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate NoraLink for possible violations of federal hazmat laws. The organization also believes the DOT should review safety procedures at the California and Texas facilities where the company still conducts its animal testing.
Ryan Merkley, director of research advocacy at PCRM, noted that the UC Davis incidents are yet another problem with a company that doesn’t seem willing to “clean up its act.” Neuralink is currently under investigation by the DOJ and the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. In December, PCRM asked the FDA to investigate the company for potential violations of good laboratory practice regulations.
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