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.
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.
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?