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Extreme Science Experiments

Just Because It's Unethical Doesn't Mean it Can't be Done

by Alexandra W.

Table of Contents

  • Separating Twins - 4
  • Brain Sampling - 9
  • Embryo Mapping - 14
  • Optogenetics - 19
  • Ape Man - 24

Did you ever hear of mad scientists? Did you ever think a person was one? Well, what they do to the kitchen is nothing compared to what science experiments will follow.

Some of these experiments will be as shallow as family, or as advanced as other species! All of them are risking the entire human species. Continue reading to find out.

   Separating a family is painful, but even more if they're separated at birth. 

   If you want to find out how nature and nurture affect each other, there is only one good healthy resource: identical twins. 

   This experiment involves separating twins at the youngest possible age so that almost all their environmental aspects will be different. Scientists want to try out this monster of an experiment to solve some questions about:

   How different can separated twins be from non-separated ones?

   If they are different, can they ever think the same?

Separating Twins

   To get young-age separated twins, the mother would have to be asked to join before giving birth to guarantee longest separated-twin time. Logic. 

   Researchers would figure out what kind of factors they will want to focus on, for example, temperature, and food. Then they will build a little test house with everything being controlled. 

   From diet to climate, from socialism and their beliefs, everything is being monitored.

Separating Twins Continued

"Everything is being monitored."

   The scientists came and asked her about her ultrasound a few weeks before the designated birth. Jill did not know they were scientists at that time, and merely assumed they were friends of a friend of a friend, asking in on her due date.


   "Yes," she said. "I'm having twins."


   When her twins were born, the scientists came again after a month and whisked them away with a short apology, "Sorry. But it's for the greater good." Then they handed her a stuffed wallet.


   So Jill silently waited at home, too scared to talk to the officials. After all, it wasn't like she hadn't accepted their payment. She'd be thrown in jail as well as them.

Separating Twins Continued

   What were they doing to the twins?

Twin 1

Twin 2

   These twins would grow up exposed to different things. Scientists, now including psychologists, could likely think out how twins can be so different from same-house twins.


   It was several years before her twins came back. Jill was horrified; they looked so different! And the twins refused to think of her as a mom who, in their opinion, "If she IS my real mom, she  abandoned me", and "Of course she's not my real mom. She's a  temporary foster parent.

Separating Twins Continued

   The twins had grown up differently and apart, in differently regulated "houses", and had no idea they had another sibling. So they thought the same on that one. 


I have a TWIN???

I have a TWIN???

   Scientists don't HAVE to do all the tracking and note-taking in one lab. There are some stories online on twins being alone for a better part of their lives (several decades!) with feelings of loneliness and being incomplete. Usually the long-lost twins meet up at a really old age and share their similarities and differences.

Separating Twins Continued

   Which just shows that this science experiment, no matter how unethical or where it's done, can still be performed.

   If your brain was bashed out, you'd likely die, but what if it was surgically cut out?   

   This experiment has been questioned before. In fact, some secret laboratory might've done it! But luckily there were no recent reports of any people donating their brains.

Meet at local hospital in a week if you are interested in donating your brain for the greater good. Surgery is painless, guaranteed.


   An ad in the newspaper asks for brain-sampling volunteers. At first, it might seem like a cooking ad, but it's not. Brains?


   (Maybe cow brains, but then cows can't exactly know where the hopsital is, can they?)


   The real meaning is that the scientists who are asking this want a piece of someone's brain to do experimenting on.

Who would donate a small piece of their brain for experimenting? These scientists are absolutely crazy!

   But donating a piece of brain can help them discover more and more interesting facts about it. For example, did you know extreme dieting can cause the brain to eat itself for the sake of a last-resort energy resource? Or that when it's awake, it produces enough electricity to power a little light bulb? 


   Those were interesting facts, Thea had to agree, but that still didn't mean people would want to donate a precious slice of brain. She worked at the brain-studying lab and had only been recently told that a person had been curious enough to accept the ad and its reward.

Brain-Sampling Continued

Hmm, I think I'll undergo risky surgery and have part of my brain removed.

   Thea ran over the instructions that one of the others had left lying about on their desk. The top line was that the volunteer would be partly concious the whole time!


   The surgeon would make a small tear, drill a hole through the skull, and cut out a piece of brain. It sounded totally like the person wouldn't have brain damage.


   Even though she wanted to scream , Thea managed to shove the paper into her folder and go back to her room.

Brain Sampling Continued

   The scientists only need a tiny piece, as small as a chocolate chip, but not as stout... except it's risky. The volunteer, if undergoing proper surgery, would suffer only "minor brain damage".

   Most likely the pressure or the knives of the process would make the volunteer's brain compressed* and feeling uncomfortable for the rest of his or her life.

What about "major brain damage"?

Brain Sampling Continued

*Squeezed and pushed into a smaller shape

   Anyways, the tiny piece of the brain will go through a life of experimenting. Scientists want to see whether some actions will turn off certain brain cells. Besides that, they can study the brain structure and dive into deeper knowledge; as deep as mind control, hint.

   Brain sampling can also help diagnose a new disease a person might have if they have sickness. (From radioactivity or new chemicals.) That might seem swell and all good, but even if the person could be diagnosed, the scientists would need some help with a not-diseased person to figure out the disease and the cure. Two brain slices. Wonderful, isn't it?


   So, to sum it all up, the surgeon numbs the volunteer, cuts open the head, grabs the nearest slice of brain, and boom. Patient forgets some stuff, scientists gain more.


   Thea woke up with a start. It was still night, she was still a kid dreaming about science class tomorrow. Whew.

   Of course her world would never let people donate brains for other people! Smiling, she went back to sleep.


Brain Sampling Continued

   Human embryos are developing, unborn humans. No one's been able to track the whole progress except the ultrasound.

   Wouldn't it be cool to view the development of a human embryo? To sit by and watch a few cells turn into a human being? That's what cool means to some scientists, and that's what they want to do.

Embryo Mapping 

   We know that's what a human embryo typically looks like, but we haven't been able to track it yet. Anyone want to help us with this?

   At that, why would they even want to use potential NHBs as an experimental subject? 

   Today future mothers or expectant mothers take tests to make sure they'll be having normal human babies.

   Normal Human Babies. With huge emphasis.

   If they want Normal Human Babies, it's highly unlikely that they'll let scientists use their potential NHB as a science experiment.

Embryo Mapping Continued

   Oh, let's see... maybe to see how a human develops from some tiny cells to a human, like previously said.

   Scientists are all prepared. They have the tools, the knowledge, the newspaper ads. Just the mother left.

Embryo Mapping Continued

   Yay, perfectly perfect shape for a baby. Ashley was feeling very happy. The scientists at the new hospital had injected some extra testing stuff and then said she was having a normal human baby. They'd emphasized it a lot, a bit too much for her liking.

   But normal baby was enough for her.

   Back at the lab, scientists were carefully scrutinizing the charts on their computers right now. The cells were mutating and almost big enough to be considered an NHB.    

   However, it did look like the swirling green protein surrounding the embryo was a bit damaging. The baby looked sickly green, and not just because of the protein.  

   That was just a prediction. It could be born perfectly fine. 

Embryo Mapping Continued


   That was how scientists rolled: They never admitted to mistakes and supposed a miracle would happen, even though they didn't open up any chance for it. The protein they'd inserted into Ashley (which would highlight the important developing system) might light up a good telescopic diagram, but it also might sink into the future baby's skin.  

   The activity these scientists record will show all of us the making of a human baby. This knowledge could help us by knowing where to insert stem cells to repair brain damage, as the brain can be fully seen developing.

   Comparing human development to other animal development can also help us to see how humans can be born and learn to talk someday, while mice have to speak the Mouse language.   

Embryo Mapping Continued

   However, as almost all extreme scientists go, there are consequences. Mostly there might be a miscarriage (poor Ashley!) or the baby would be born with birth defects from the protein, like green skin or  a forever sickly appearance.

   What a diabolical person dreams about the most is probably mind control. The easy way out of gaining followers and allies, instead of begging and whining and lying, which could take years and not work at all.

   However, if you have read Divergent by Veronica Roth, you'll know that this was actually achieved.

   Mind control is definitely not easy, seemingly improbable and impossible, but today's scientists keep diving at it, and this is the result:


Not this.

   Partial mind control, created to help explain how brain neurons become sensitive to light when injected with a virus. The key to this mind control (or optogenetics, the controlling of brain cells using light) has developed in the form of needles, wires, computers, and mind-boggling answers.

   The first step is to find a volunteer.

   Once again, Thea was in the lab. Years had passed, she had excelled in every science class, and now she was in another place for science. In truth, she'd rather be a vet, but she needed to focus on the lab's purpose right now.

Optogenetics Continued

   Thea had already watched the optogenetics on a rat. It hadn't been flawless, she'd noted. The scientists had to personally connect a wire with light to the rat's head once injected, but the results were hilarious. The light beam flashed, wiggling and spreading the light onto different parts of the brain, and the rat would do something the brain now told it to do. 

   Soon, it got boring. She twirled a lock of hair as she took notes, then the virus wore off and she went off to type up her new information.

Optogenetics Continued

   If anyone payed attention to the last paragraph, the rat was injected. That's true. Scientists made this virus that had to be injected into the brain to make it sensitive to light. 

   The first step in this experiment is to inject that virus into the brain, a human one or a rat one. The virus will make the brain sensitive to light, which will be connected to the brain. Painful. The light will turn on and off, controlling the brain cells, which will change in synchronization with the light. 

Optogenetics Continued

Scientists can have a lot of fun, depending on where they connected the light. Actions could be as basic as running forever, or as terrible as not recognizing a loved one.

   This science experiment can show scientists "unparalleled insight into the workings of of the mind". If the diabolical people get hold of this, it would be the temporary end of the world. But still: this is unethical and illegal. Even though the poor lab rats have suffered, there is no forcing anyone under the needle.

   Scientists might use this to treat mental disorders, but hopefully they'll lose the secret to the virus.

   "Thea! Wake up, time to go to school!"

   Thea jerked herself out of her dream and sighed unhappily.

Optogenetics Continued


   Apes and humans have always been classified as pretty close species. 

   But scientists want to see even more. They've gone extreme enough to want to crossbreed ape x human.

Ape Man

   You've probably heard of cross-breeding, right? When two distant breeds but related species have offspring together. 

   It's only the fact that a human is involved in this crossbreeding project that makes it unethical.

   It all started with Stephen Jay Gould, a biologist.

   Gould saw that apes and we have lots of similar physical traits. For example, adult humans have wide-set eyes that baby chimpanzees own as well. His theory for this similarity was that when humans were evolving, neotony (alike characteristics) might've helped humans become independently recognized and come to existence.


   If he,  the more infamous-than-famous Stephen Jay Gould, could watch the development of a half-human, half-chimp, he could figure out if neotony truly did give birth to humans.

   Translation of the previous paragraph would be: When chimps and humans were still evolving, they were probably just one species. Only when more alike characteristics were sought out that they split.

Ape Man Continued

Stephen Jay Gould

   How scientists can talk so calmly about this is mysterious.

   The resulting offspring would probably be unfertile, but there probably wouldn't be any resulting offspring, right? This is illegal!

   Scientists classify that chimps have 24 pairs of chromosomes, which are 48 separated chromosomes. Us humans have 23 pairs, or 46 individual chromosomes. Chromosomes are formed during the end of the cell cycle, or during reproduction. Because chimps have more chromosomes, their DNA would encourage small size, so scientists think if this experiment was allowed, then the human would have to carry the subject.

Ape Man Continued



   Thea sincerely hoped she was dreaming. The creature in front of her looked horrific: very hairy and very loud, with human and monkey features mixed all together.

   "Wonderful! Success!" A man with a beard moved up to the cart with the baby and examined it. "Subject, then. Mm, give it a name, maybe."

   It took a moment for Thea to realize he was talking to her.

   This man can't just call him a subject, right? To get back at Gould, Thea called the subject Kay.

Ape Man Continued

It rhymed with Jay, didn't it? How'd Gould like it that his own subject

   Then, as most vivid and exciting dreams go, she woke up.

   These science experiments would've definitely been very interesting to do, but let's just say no one needs an only half-human or a mindless brain-controlled person walking among us.

   All these wild science experiments could've impacted our lives a lot as well, but by adding humans into them, they simply spell out the words unethical and illegal.


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