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IN OMG! ON 29 Oct, 2015
Science is the pursuit of knowledge to the world and life, and that involves experimentation. But there have been several cases till date where these experiments have crossed the lines of humanity and compassion. Passion can turn you blind, and these experiments only confirm the same. Have a look!
Dr. Winthrop Kellogg was curious to see if a chimp raised by humans would actually act more like a human, and so decided to raise a baby chimp alongside his own son. After 9 months of living together, the chimp was actually performing better on intelligence tests than the human, and when Kellogg's son began imitating chimp sounds rather than learning to talk, Kellogg abandoned his experiment.
Dr. Robert White, using the basis of research of the Russian two-headed dog experiment, successfully transplanted a head on a monkey in 1970. The monkey was able to see, taste, feel, smell, hear and eat before it died two days later from complications.
An infamous alchemist living in the 1400's, Paracelsus, actually plotted to make a mini human by implanting a fertilized human egg in a horse womb! Although he tried throughout his life, Paracelsus never succeeded, though many have tried to replicate and perfect his work.
Dr. Duncan McDougall was obsessed with the afterlife, and in the obsession of the same, he designed an experiment to measure the weight of the soul. He arranged for people to die on a scale that would record the change in their weight when they died. Interestingly, he noted a change of 21 grams in their weight, which he declared the weight of the soul. His peers, however, attacked him and his ways, deeming his results unscientific.
The Prison Experiment was a sociological and psychological study of prisoners and guards, and gave some startling results. It was found that students acting as prison guards actually began to abuse fellow students impersonating prisoners. The results of the study raised a number of disturbing questions about the corrupting effect of power on mankind.
When two curious psychiatrists injected a 14-year-old elephant with LSD to see its affects on the mind, (yes they actually did it), they got a strange result. Instead of experiencing psychedelic hallucinations, though, the elephant just keeled over and died.
Kevin Warwick developed a special implant to read nerve impulses in his arm, and much to the shock of the scientific community, it worked! Warwick could control a robotic arm via the internet simply by moving his own. He was also able to feel tactile sensations applied to the robotic arm, suggesting that the Borg from Star Trek are not so far-fetched as they seem!
Russian scientists shocked the world in 1959 by grafting a second head onto a dog's body, and both heads actually lived. Both dogs could see and react independently for four days before dying from complications related to the procedure. And although the experiment is as shocking as it gets, it was not all for the bad. The experiment actually helped pave the way for new forms of organ transplant!
The discovery of a well-preserved woolly mammoth in the arctic has paved way for scientists to try to recreate the species. Extracting mammoth DNA from the corpse, geneticists hope to implant it in an Asian elephant, which would then give birth to a clone mammoth. The research is ongoing.
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