Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School believes he can reconstruct Neanderthal DNA and resurrect the species which became extinct 33,000 years ago.
His scheme is reminiscent of Jurassic Park but, while in the film dinosaurs were created in a laboratory, Professor Church’s ambitious plan requires a human volunteer.
He said his analysis of Neanderthal genetic code using samples from bones is complete enough to reconstruct their DNA.
He said: ‘Now I need an adventurous female human.
Actually, what he needs is a reliable and mature exowomb technology. There’s not a chance in Perdition that they’re going to get a viable Neanderthal baby on the first try. Which is why I expect that this project will probably end up being first done by the PRC; Western culture is a bit too ‘squeamish*’ to do the necessary research in public.
PS: Danged if I know what the “correct” ethical answer is; I have no fundamental objection to human cloning, provided that we’re not just creating a new form of slavery in the process. I also don’t like the idea of baby farms.
*A technical term in this context: it means “recognizes the ethical issues involved in cavalierly creating sentient life forms.”