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Elon Musk’s brain chip tests left monkeys ‘dying & chewing off fingers’

ELON Musk says his brain chip implant will be trialled on humans within six months – after lab monkeys allegedly died and others chewed off their fingers.

The Neuralink technology has already shocked the world after tests showed a monkey playing video game pong with its thoughts.

Elon's company Neuralink has been conducting trials on monkeys

Elon’s company Neuralink has been conducting trials on monkeysCredit: Neurolink
A video published by the company shows the brain chip appearing to control a computer from the monkey's mind

A video published by the company shows the brain chip appearing to control a computer from the monkey’s mindCredit: Neurolink

Twitter boss Musk says he wants to develop the implant to help disabled patients to move and communicate again and possibly restore vision.

Human clinical trials of the Neuralink interface software is set to begin next year, he revealed following a series of delays.

In a speech at the company headquarters, Musk said “We want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work before putting a device into a human.”

“The progress at first, particularly as it applies to humans, will seem perhaps agonisingly slow, but we are doing all of the things to bring it to scale in parallel.”

Based in San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, Texas, Neuralink has been conducting tests on animals as it seeks approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

But recently campaigners filed a lawsuit claiming it had evidence macaques used in previous trials were subjected to horrific suffering.

Neuralink’s brain chips were implanted in the monkeys’ heads to see if they could control technology with their thouhts.

However, the experiment allegedly left 15 out of 23 monkeys dead.

In one instance, a monkey was found missing some fingers and toes, possibly caused by self-mutilation, legal papers claim.

Another case revealed a female macaque monkey had the electrodes implanted into its brain, which caused it to be overcome with vomiting, retching and gasping.

An autopsy later showed the monkey suffered from a brain haemorrhage.

Bloody skin infections, monkeys collapsing and other horrific side effects were also recorded in the results, according to court papers.

Neuralink conducted its monkey experiments in partnership with scientists at the University of California, Davis.

Subsequently, a formal complaint was lodged by animal-rights activists to the US Department of Agriculture.

A legal battle is being pursued for the Californian university to release a cache of 371 grisly photographs of the monkeys reportedly killed or injured in the experiments.

Ryan Merkley of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine advocacy group said the public needs to be made aware of the monkeys’ suffering.

He said: “UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they’re looking at.

“But it’s clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it partnered with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died.

“These photos are public records created with public funds, and the public deserves access to the research they paid for.”

The Sun has reached Neuralink for comment.

Gruesome images of the monkey trials are yet to be released that were allegedly conducted at the University of California

Gruesome images of the monkey trials are yet to be released that were allegedly conducted at the University of CaliforniaCredit: Alamy
Earlier this year, Neuralink released a statement that said its research animals were respected and honoured by their team

Earlier this year, Neuralink released a statement that said its research animals were respected and honoured by their teamCredit: Neurolink
The brain chip that will be trialled on humans this year could help disabled patients to move and communicate again

The brain chip that will be trialled on humans this year could help disabled patients to move and communicate againCredit: Neurolink
Elon Musk's company Neuralink has struggled to meet project timelines set by the billionaire in the past

Elon Musk’s company Neuralink has struggled to meet project timelines set by the billionaire in the pastCredit: AP
Elon Musk said the brain chip will be ready for human trials within in six months

Elon Musk said the brain chip will be ready for human trials within in six monthsCredit: Neurolink
The revolutionary interface would allow humans to control devices with their brains

The revolutionary interface would allow humans to control devices with their brainsCredit: Neurolink