Neura doesn't build dinosaurs, but does some interesting brain experiments. Universal Pictures
The the last time we heard about Elon Musk 's brain implant start-up , Neura, he had implanted a small coin -size device into a pig's brain and listened to the signals it was producing. Musk stated that the 'implant was like "a Fitbit in your skull " at a press conference in August last year, but the company was still a long way from bringing the product to market. .
So it seemed a little strange to read, in a variety of Wednesday posts, that "Neura has the technology to build a real Jurassic Park. "The comments, according to the New York Post, were attributable to Max Hodak, co-founder of Neura and were quickly traced in a tweet.
"We could probably build Jurassic Park if we wanted to, Hodak tweeted on Saturday . “They wouldn't be genetically authentic dinosaurs but 🤷. Maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get new super exotic species, ”he continued. Science
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The tweet, and a subsequent statement on biodiversity, makes no mention of Neura, but that hasn't stopped speculation, likely because of Hodak's use of the word "we ". It seems Hodak was referring to humanity and not the company he co-founded, but you wouldn't know from reports, which have continued to spread since the statement ofHodak.
We reached out to Neura to confirm Hodak's comments, but have not received a response at time of publication, likely because the company has real science to work on, rather than questions. field on impossible dinosaur resurrections.
Even so, it is virtually impossible to resurrect a dinosaur. The science of bringing dinosaurs back from the dead isn't quite as solid as Hodak makes it seem. Even humanity would struggle to build a Jurassic Park in the next 15 years. First, we would need the DNA of prehistoric tyrants. Unlike the Jurassic Park movie, where DNA is scavenged from mosquitoes in amber and fused with frog DNA, this information has completely degraded over the millions of years it has taken. has passed into the ground.
However, more recently extinct animals, such as the woolly mammothx, can be a good target for "de-extinction ". We can still ext extract DNA from these creatures and could theoretically build and implant a mammoth embryo in a modern day elephant. The question is: should we? Jurassic Park offers a very good reason not to, but mammoths aren't as bloodthirsty as Tyrannosaurus rex.
As for Neura, the startup has produced two interesting press briefings over the past two years . In 2019, the Neura device made its debut and steady progress seemed to have been made the following year, when pig implants were revealed. But the informationare still rare: Musk and Neura have published a scientific article, in the Journal of Medical Internet Research , in October 2019.