Monkey business

Aug 12 2004 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Scientists in the USA have devised a gene therapy that turn ordinary monkeys into workaholics, according to the BBC.

Usually monkeys work hard only when they know a reward is coming, but the animals given this treatment did their best all the time.

Monkeys are rather like people in their approach to work - at least, those who live in a laboratory and learn to press levers for rewards of food and water.

They concentrate on their task only when the moment of delivery approaches.

How long until this one hits the ‘high performance workplace’ . . . ?

BBC Online | Monkeys test 'hardworking gene'