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Harvard professor looks for 'adventurous woman' who agrees to give birth to cloned Neanderthal

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  1. mr. sin

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    https://rt.com/usa/news/birth-neanderthal-church-cloning-455/


    Prehistoric men may soon be walking the earth again. One of the world’s leading geneticists is in search of a female volunteer to give birth to a Neanderthal – a species that went extinct more than 33,000 years ago.
    Using DNA from Neanderthal bones, Harvard Medical School Professor George Church plans to resurrect the long-extinct relative of man by implanting a cloned embryo into the womb of a surrogate mother.
    “We can clone all kinds of mammals, so it’s very likely that we could clone a human,” he told the German magazine, Der Spiegel. “Why shouldn’t we be able to do so?”
    Church, a 58-year-old pioneer in synthetic biology, helped create the Human Genome Project in the 1980s and has been involved in instituting numerous biotech firms. He is working toward making humans resistant to all viruses, as well as recreating the Neanderthal. Church believes he has the Neanderthal genome and the technology to bring a prehistoric man to the earth. All he needs is an “extremely adventurous female human” and laws that would make cloning legal to begin his experiment.
    “It depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think it can be done,” he said.
    The professor would first create the DNA based on a genetic code found in Neanderthal fossils. This DNA would then be put into stem cells, injected into cells from a human embryo and finally placed into a surrogate mother. Church believes the stem cells would cause the embryo to develop into a Neanderthal, rather than a human.
    But creating a half-human, half-Neanderthal is not impossible – and might even be beneficial to bring increased diversity to Earth, according to the scientist.
    “It could even be that you want just a few mutations from the Neanderthal genome,” he said. “Suppose you were to realize: Wow, these five mutations might change the neuronal pathways, the skull size, a few key things. They could give us what we want in terms of neutral diversity. I doubt that we are going to particularly care about their facial morphology, though.”
    Church also believes that a Neanderthal society could contribute a new thought process that would lead to new ideas.
    “Neanderthals might think differently than we do. They could even be more intelligent than us,” he said. “When the time comes to deal with an epidemic or getting off the planet, it’s conceivable that their way of thinking could be beneficial.”
    Although the scientist’s plans might cause some to think back to “Jurassic Park”, Church does not believe it is possible to recreate the dinosaurs and older ancestors of man, like the Homo erectus. The limit for finding DNA fragments is around a million years, he said.
    But the discussion of cloning won’t lead to action in the US as long as anti-cloning laws and policies continue to remain in place. Many countries, including the US, have banned all forms of human cloning. The United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning, which was adopted in 1997, called on member states to “prohibit all forms of cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life”, prompting the US to come up with its own set of federal laws when DNA technology became advanced enough to make human cloning feasible.
    Some scientists believe cloned humans would not be accepted in modern society, while others are concerned the genetically engineered beings would lack immunity to diseases, become deformed, or be treated unethically. Church admitted that his work might not be the ‘desirable’ thing to do, but continues to focus on the possibilities of technology.
    “I tend to decide on what is desirable based on societal consensus. My role is to determine what's technologically feasible. All I can do is reduce the risk and increase the benefits,” he said.
     
  2. GrammatonCleric

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    I support this more than anything else I've ever heard.
     
  3. DanaReevesLungs

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    I bet Racia wouldn't even have to have a clone. Get that bitch pregnant and she'd produce a neanderthal just from her genetics.
     
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  4. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    I don't how yet, but I'm certain the neo-Neanderthal will find a way to attack Jeff Goldblum.
     
  5. Mags

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    This is amazing. We should breed a race of Neanderthal slaves. I don't foresee any problems at all with this.
     
  6. JoeyDVDZ

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    Looking forward to our neanderthal overlords eventual takeover.
     
  7. Wrecktum

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    What if Neanderthals just have Downs syndrome?
     
  8. Ballbuster1

    Ballbuster1 In The Danger Zone...
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    They'll all come to America and live for free on welfare.
     
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    Town's gone to shit ever since the rock quarry closed.

    However, let me reverse the question. Would you contribute your sperm to the creation of a Neanderthal baby? I don't want kids, but because I assume the government/scientists will be using it for tests, I probably have no responsibilities over it.
     
  10. CousinDave

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    I nominate Stalker Patti
     
  11. Guilty Spark

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    Which countries support cloning? Lets get this shit going!
     
  12. GrammatonCleric

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    I would do it just to be the father of a race. Think, Nietzschians from Andromeda if you've ever seen it. Trial and error until you create the most fearsome race.
     
  13. whiskeyguy

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    They're going after people who donate sperm to lesbians now, so I wouldn't take the chance.

    Would a Neanderthal child cost more or less to raise? They eat more than a normal child, and probably break more stuff. You'll almost definitely have to deal with r@pe charges against them at some point... but you never have to worry about paying for higher education.
     
  14. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    But don't you think you'd get extra money for speaking gigs and book deals for I Fathered a Neanderthal?

    Here's another question. If you dress him up as Bam Bam would that be offensive or cute? And fuck yeah he's getting a club. And not some sissy Nerf club either.
     
  15. Hudson

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    Soooo Hollywood had it backwards in 81:
     
  16. DrewDown

    DrewDown All are welcome

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    I'm shocked and ashamed that no one pulled the hacky Geico caveman pic for this story yet. Shame on you Wackbag.
     

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