It was reported on Thursday that the United State Department of Transportation could also be looking into Neuralink, Elon Musk’s budding brain-implant startup, over allegations of potentially “illegal movement of hazardous pathogens.”
The probe was disclosed by a Department of Transportation spokesperson after an animal-welfare advocacy group called Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine (PCRM) lobbied Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg regarding records it found about the company, according to a report by ZeroHedge. An animal-welfare advocacy group, wrote to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg earlier on Thursday to alert it of records it obtained on the matter.
The Department of Transportation probe adds to the scrutiny facing Neuralink, which is developing a brain implant it hopes will help paralyzed people walk again and cure other neurological ailments.
The PCRM said it “obtained emails and other documents that suggest unsafe packaging and movement of implants removed from the brains of monkeys”, according to Reuters, which was the first outlet to report on the probe.