Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Life Imitating Jurassic Park

Neanderthals have been extinct for 33,000 years, but George Church, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, believes he can bring them back with the help of a surrogate human mother.

What will they think of next? A Harvard Professor thinks he's close to cloning a Neanderthal. Neanderthals roamed the earth some 33 thousand years ago before becoming extinct. While we think of them as dumb, their brains were actually significantly larger than present day humans...

Ever since they cloned that sheep in Scotland, things have gotten out of hand. Can you imagine your daughter taking a Neanderthal to the prom? Should one be cloned, would Neanderthals have the same rights as humans? Would they be considered human themselves?

The professor believes humans will eventually run out of space on earth and need to relocate elsewhere (perhaps New Jersey?) He thinks the larger brains of these prehistoric men and women will come up with better solutions faster. Interesting.

*Update: the scientist in question now denies he is trying to create a Neanderthal and says the whole idea was lost in translation after he interviewed with a German journalist. Here is his denial in USA Today...

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