Geneticist George Church believes he nearly has all the required things bubbling away in his lab to enable him to clone a Neanderthal, with the only missing link being a woman who’s brave enough to want to carry our alien ancestor.
The problem for the lady involved would be that the Neanderthals had bigger heads than our babies. Even the men reading this should be wincing at the prospect of that. However, current thinking is that Neanderthal babies grew at a quicker rate than ours, so the plus side ought to be fewer months of sleepless nights.
The scientist involved, who would appear to be of the comic book “mad” variety, goes on to suggest that cloned Neanderthal babies could even become a fashion trend, saying: “Let’s say someone has a healthy, normal Neanderthal baby. Well, then, everyone will want to have a Neanderthal kid. Were they superstrong or supersmart? Who knows? But there’s one way to find out.” [Der Spiegel via Human Genome]
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