Elon Musk's brain implant start-up reportedly planned to test on animals - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Neuralink, a company cofounded by Elon Musk that aims to develop brain implants for boosting people's mental capabilities, had plans to test products on animals, CNBC reported, citing Gizmodo.

  • According to a letter from Neuralink employee Jared Birchall to a San Francisco city department last year the company planned for "a small operating room for in vivo testing, and a small room to house rodents."

  • A report by Gizmodo noted that an architect subsequently told San Francisco that Neuralink was looking outside the city to set up a lab.

  • Ultimately the company did receive California state public health department approval to keep and use animals at its San Francisco headquarters.

  • Musk has said that before Neuralink would seek to position its technology for a wider population,  which could be seven to nine years away,  the company would first try to help people with certain kinds of disabilities.

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