vic asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

why dont scientists transplant human vocal cords to an animal so it can talk to us?

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Animals do not have the capability of communicated as we do. They can understand us but they do not hold the ability to use human language. I do not believe dogs have a true language more than a baby but we learn to understand what the sounds they make means because they do mean something but it is not a language per say

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    It takes more than pipes - specific areas of the brain are required - so far they're human-only.....

  • 4 weeks ago

    Or better yet, why not transplant an entire human head?  That would guarantee an animal's ability to talk.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Because talking involves more than vocal chords.  Dogs, by the way, HAVE vocal cords.

    Not a biology major?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Because it requires more than just vocal chords. There must be a language center in their brain, which we are born with. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Science has already done that.  The genetically modified human is called a republican.

  • Newton
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because it takes more than just vocal cords to speak. For example, humans with vocal cords can have speech difficulties if they have a defective copy of the FOXP2 gene. Animals do have FOXP2 genes, but their version is very different than the one found in humans. For example, our closest living relative the chimpanzee has a FOXP2 gene that is different from the human version by only 2 amino acids. Other animals have FOXP2 genes that are even more different. Scientists inserted the human version of the FOXP2 gene in a mouse, but it cannot speak either. So it appears that speech requires a lot of different things besides vocal cords. Parrots have different vocal cords than humans, and yet they can imitate human speech. They do share something in common with humans, such as having a brain that can process speech. Humans process speech with our left brain, and we are right handed. People who process speech with the right brain are left-handed. Parrots usually process speech with their right brain, so they are left-footed. So, it would appear that vocal cords are not as important as the brain in the ability to speak. 

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You can make a language completely without vocal cords; that's not issue. The problem is that animals lack the capacity for abstract thought. They can make and respond to signals but can't string those together in language.

  • 1 month ago

    that would not work. vocal cords need a connection to the brain, and a section in the brain devoted to vocalization, and animals have neither of those. 

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