Woman Sought To Be Surrogate For Neanderthal Clone

By on January 19, 2013 // Science // 1 Comment

Neanderthal Clone
Image: Flickr/Erich Ferdinand via CC by 2.0

Geneticist George Church wants to clone a Neanderthal.

It’s not an easy process, and we’re not quite there yet (maybe within 50 years). But that isn’t stopping him from getting the word out. Namely, he’s looking for an “adventurous female human” to act as the cloned Neanderthal’s surrogate mother.

Any takers?

It’s not just Neanderthals, though. Dinosaurs, mammoths, all extinct species are on the table for Church, even if things do get a bit complicated. He’s also interested in modifying humans to be better, to live longer and even mix our DNA with other species.

My stance on cloning? It’s pretty weird. My stance on resurrecting extinct species and fiddling about with genetic engineering? Well, have you ever heard of a little thing called The Green Goo?

Update: Hey, they did something similar with salmon

Update #2: George Church has clarified that the original interview was misinterpreted, and that he’s not actually seeking a woman to be a Neanderthal clone surrogate. Is it weird that I’m…disappointed?

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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