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Chinesescientists create 'autistic' monkeys in controversial study they claim couldlead to cure for humans

中国科学家创造“孤独症的”猴子,称这样可以找到治愈人类的方法



Scientistsin China have engineered monkeys with a human autism gene and symptoms, in thehopes of unlocking a treatment for the debilitating but little-understooddisorder, a study said Monday.

中国科学家创造出了含有人类孤独症基因和症状的猴子,希望借此来治疗这种令人衰弱、尚不确知的病症。

The'transgenic' macaques behaved similarly to humans afflicted with autism, theteam wrote -making repetitive gestures, and displaying anxiety and poor socialinteraction.

这个研究团队写道,这些“基因改造过的”猴子在行为上和患有孤独症的人类相似——做出重复性的动作,表现出焦虑以及社交能力极差。



Thismeant they could serve as a reliable animal model for researching the causesof, and possible cures for, autism in humans - a feat welcomed by otherspecialists not involved in the study.

这意味着这些猴子可以用来寻找人类孤独症的原因以及可能的治愈方法——这一壮举受到
了其他没有参与该研究的专家的欢迎。



Untilnow, animal studies of autism have relied mainly on lab mice -- a species veryfar removed from humans in terms of genes, behaviour and physiology.

目前为止,动物孤独症研究主要依赖于实验室老鼠——这种生物在基因,行为以及生理学上都和人类存在较大差异。