Neanderthal in need of ‘adventurous’ surrogate mother


George Church, Ph.D.

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who was just elected a second time to Congress, once referred to his Republican colleagues as “knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.”

Grayson is a Harvard Law graduate, although it’s not clear if he is acquainted with Harvard University professor George Church, a pioneer in synthetic biology who recently suggested the day is not far off when we’ll be cloning Neanderthals.

And, yes, it is clear that Church is not talking about artificially reproducing Republicans.

In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, Church discussed the prospects for using synthetic biology to bring the Neanderthal back from extinction, as well as the idea of making humans resistant to all viruses.

When asked if he’ll “witness the birth of a Neanderthal baby in [his] lifetime,” Church replied:

“That depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think so… We can clone all kinds of mammals, so it’s very likely that we could clone a human. Why shouldn’t we be able to do so?”

When asked about possible benefits of bringing a Neanderthal back to life, Church suggested that they “might think differently than we do,” adding that they “had a larger cranial size” and could even be “more intelligent than us.”

sci-fiBigger head, more intelligent? Now that’s an Ivy League education hard at work!

Of course, Church will first need to find an “extremely adventurous female human” to serve as the surrogate mother.

Theoretically, it might be possible to create a whole population of neo-Neanderthals to see how they differ from the usual breed of Homo Sapiens, Church told Der Spiegel.

An entire army of mutant Neanderthals under the direction of some mad scientist. Now what could possibly go wrong?


2 thoughts on “Neanderthal in need of ‘adventurous’ surrogate mother

  1. Laura Fanelli says:

    An entire army of mutant Neanderthals under the direction of some mad scientist. Now what could possibly go wrong? Or known by their other name: Congress.

  2. Dione Mena says:

    I love the fact that humans are noticing that we aren’t all that special after all, that we might actually have been made from a source like ourselves in the past. I would love to be a piece in that puzzle of finding our own identity. I do not agree with Laura Fanelli's comment. Though we have come to the point where we create something like ourselves, we have seen in history that you can control something for so long. Our human egos believe that something is controlling us, but it all depends on the input and environment we grow in. Look at Americans, only a small population know what really is going on, the rest are just looking at who won the football game and who is sleeping with who in Hollywood. The only concern, which is not a concern its more like curiosity; once we create these half breeds what will the "human" rights movement do about it? Will we include them into our society or will our egos separate them as we have done with those whom we feel are less than us. I would love to see how this turns out. I would also love to see how humans react to the “Does God really exists?”; how will this affect religion, will they once again change their ways so that “God” is accepting of the reality that there is no special thing about our own creation. Good luck to the scientist and our human curiosity, I think it’s great we are thinking outside the box. All I ask is that our human ego doesn’t damage this process. 🙂

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