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Elon Musk’s Neuralink has been cleared for human clinical trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Elon Musk's brain implant company Neuralink to begin its first human clinical trial. It is therefore about starting to test the direct connection of a human brain and a computer.

The company announced the milestone in a Twitter post, which read: “We are thrilled to share that we have received FDA approval to initiate our first human clinical trial! This is the result of the incredible work the Neuralink team has done in close collaboration with the FDA and represents an important first step that will one day allow our technology to help mo

many people”. However, the regulatory body has not yet commented on the news.

The FDA previously rejected the company's application.

It was difficult for the company to get approval for human trials. Concerned about the lack of safety of the implantable brain device, the FDA rejected the company's request to begin human clinical trials in early 2022.

The FDA highlighted several key issues, including “the use of lithium batteries for the device, the possibility of implant wires migrating within the brain, and the challenge of safely removing the device without damaging the brain tissue".

There is more. Neuralink has been accused of abusing animal guinea pigs and violating biohazard regulations. In May, US lawmakers urged regulators to investigate rushed animal tests for the device. Reuters obtained the information from internal company employees.

In addition, the US Department of Transportation is conducting an independent investigation into the illegal transportation of chips implanted in monkey brains. According to the report, the implanted chips were removed without adequate containment measures and may have harbored dangerous animal pathogens. The Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General had launched an investigation into potential violations of the animal welfare law. Since 2018, the company has killed 1,500 animals, including more than 280 sheep, pigs and monkeys, in the name of research.

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Elon Musk's Neuralink article has been cleared for human clinical study comes from Economic Scenarios .

This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL on Fri, 26 May 2023 18:36:51 +0000.