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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:21 PM

 

Wanted: 'Adventurous woman' to give birth to Neanderthal man

Wanted: 'Adventurous woman' to give birth to Neanderthal man - Harvard professor seeks mother for cloned cave baby
Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School believes he can reconstruct Neanderthal DNA
His ambitious plan requires a human volunteer willing to allow the DNA to be put into stem cells, then a human embryo

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.
They're usually thought of as a brutish, primitive species.
So what woman would want to give birth to a Neanderthal baby?
Yet this incredible scenario is the plan of one of the world’s leading geneticists, who is seeking a volunteer to help bring man’s long-extinct close relative back to life.
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.
‘It depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think it can be done.’
Professor Church’s plan would begin by artificially creating Neanderthal DNA based on genetic code found in fossil remains. He would put this DNA into stem cells. These would be injected into cells from a human embryo in the early stages of life.
It is thought that the stem cells would steer the development of the hybrid embryo on Neanderthal lines, rather than human ones.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2265402/Adventurous-human-woman-wanted-birth-Neanderthal-man-Harvard-professor.html#ixzz2Ik2U86n8

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Reply Wanted: 'Adventurous woman' to give birth to Neanderthal man (Original post)
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 OP
ohiosmith Jan 2013 #1
Cirque du So-What Jan 2013 #4
ohiosmith Jan 2013 #5
Cirque du So-What Jan 2013 #10
ohiosmith Jan 2013 #11
sadbear Jan 2013 #2
Old Codger Jan 2013 #3
Ikonoklast Jan 2013 #7
longship Jan 2013 #6
Auggie Jan 2013 #8
Electric Monk Jan 2013 #9
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #13
Sheepshank Jan 2013 #12
Paladin Jan 2013 #14
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #15

Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. It's been done! They're called Republicans!

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:45 PM

4. That's totally unfair!

There's nothing in the fossil record to indicate that neanderthals were misanthropes like today's repugs.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:49 PM

5. Guess I owe someone an apology!

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:53 PM

10. That guy is a mensch

compared to any repug with whom I am acquainted.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:57 PM

11. Agreed!

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:24 PM

2. That would be like giving birth to an alien.

Ethicists ought to have a field day with this one.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:40 PM

3. So then

When this neanderthal baby is born what do they plan on doing with it? raise it in laboratory? Keep it in a cage and study it? Might be some serious legal problems besides ethics alone...

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Response to Old Codger (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:50 PM

7. In 35 years, the GOP will run him for president.

Ooogah 2048.

Because We Always Wanted To REALLY Turn Back The Clock.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:49 PM

6. At minimum this would be unethical research.

No MD who took their oath serious would ever sign onto such a research program.

Of course, it's from the Daily Mail.

Rubbish, in other words.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:52 PM

8. "Fools! You don't know what you're dealing with!"

Isn't that the line from the movies just before all hell breaks loose?

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:53 PM

9. Neanderthal clone story blamed on poor translation

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/01/harvard_professor_blasts_neanderthal_clone_baby_rumor_web


Harvard professor blasts Neanderthal clone baby rumor on Web

Neanderthal clone story blamed on poor translation

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“The real story here is how these stories have percolated and changed in different ways,” George M. Church, a Harvard geneticist who helped kick off the Human Genome Project, told the Herald last night. “I’m sure we’ll get it sorted out eventually.”

Church said his phone was ringing off the hook yesterday with reporters from around the world calling to talk to what they believed, and no doubt hoped, was a modern-day Dr. Moreau — the H.G. Wells character who created weird hybrid animals.

He blames a mistake in an article he says was written off an interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel, badly misinterpreting what he said — that such a cloning might theoretically be possible someday — and arriving at the conclusion that he was actively looking for a woman to bear a cave baby with DNA scavenged from ancient Neanderthal bones. He suggested poor translation skills may be part of the problem.

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:59 PM

13. I think just the possiblility that it might theoretically be possible someday is exciting. Science

 

is amazing.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:57 PM

12. It heartbreaking to think what could happen to this one of a kind child

to use it as a lab rat? The see if this child could integrate with modern society...or fail? Then what?

OMG. EVERY fiber of my being says this is a very, very bad idea.

Really, what is the point of this recreation? Since this child is not going to be raised by Neanderthals in an era and environment of Neanderthals, would paleantologist could get real info from this experiment?

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:07 PM

14. Limbaugh Is Trolling For A Legacy.... (nt)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:10 PM

15. Meaning? What does that have to do with this thread?

 

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