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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:43 PM

Help wanted: 'Adventurous' woman to give birth to ... a Neanderthal baby?

Help wanted: 'Adventurous' woman to give birth to ... a Neanderthal baby?
By Alan Boyle, NBC News

Pioneering Harvard geneticist George Church suggests that the day is coming when we'll want to reverse-engineer the Neanderthal genome and pass the now-extinct creatures' advantages to our own progeny. All that's needed would be an "extremely adventurous female human" to serve as a surrogate mother.

During an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, Church was asked whether a Neanderthal baby would be born in his lifetime. "That depends on a hell of a lot of things," the 58-year-old replied, "but I think so." (snip)

http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/21/16629148-help-wanted-adventurous-woman-to-give-birth-to-a-neanderthal-baby?lite

I don't know if that is a good link but the story was just so.....

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Reply Help wanted: 'Adventurous' woman to give birth to ... a Neanderthal baby? (Original post)
nolabels Jan 2013 OP
Squinch Jan 2013 #1
Thinkingabout Jan 2013 #2
TheOther95Percent Jan 2013 #3
condoleeza Jan 2013 #4
nolabels Jan 2013 #5
Jamastiene Jan 2013 #6
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #7
rateyes Jan 2013 #8

Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:47 PM

1. There are so many things wrong with this idea...

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Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:48 PM

2. How about Michelle Bachmann, she is very limber, she sticks her foot in her mouth a lot.

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Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:50 PM

3. That ship has sailed.

That neanderthal baby was born years ago and became our 43rd president. Scary stuff.

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Response to TheOther95Percent (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:02 PM

4. I think Calista would be a good candidate n/t

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Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:13 PM

5. Thanks to all that have gazed at this OP

I wanted to say i was kind of taken back and grossed out by the idea. I wish i could have came up with some good humor for it instead

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Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:22 PM

6. I thought Barbara Bush and Ted Nugent's mother both already did that?

While we are on the subject, there is almost* also the entire Phelps family to attempt to classify.

*Fred Phelps does have a son named Nate who is not a hatemonger like the rest of that hideous bunch.

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Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:41 PM

7. Horrible idea

I would like to be able to see a Neanderthal in living color. But, it doesn't seem like anyone has thought about the rights of the little Neanderthal baby if it is born. Who will raise it? Will it be raised? I shudder to think that it wouldn't be and that seems very unethical to me.

On the other hand this baby if it was raised in with a family wouldn't appear to be very different. The problem is we don't know enough to know if the baby would have the same language acquisition abilities or what other mental capabilities it would have. And if the baby can't adapt to a human world, will someone take care of it until it is in it's 70's or 80's. If not will they institutionalize this baby when it becomes apparent if that is the case, that it can't adapt?

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Response to nolabels (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:43 PM

8. Barbara Bush already did that...

...several times.

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