Scientist Claims He Can Bring Back Neanderthals

Barb Wire

All he needs is “an adventurous female” to be a surrogate mother, says a scientist at Harvard Medical School, and he’s off to the races on a plan to resurrect the extinct Neanderthals.

He thinks he has enough Neanderthal DNA that he can “reconstruct” the whole DNA strand. Would that mean filling the little gaps with, say, frog DNA? It worked in Jurassic Park.

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.

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He said his analysis of Neanderthal genetic code using samples from bones is complete enough to reconstruct their DNA.

You’d think it would be–well, cruel–to bring to life a being who would be the only one of his kind in all the world. Like, what’s the poor Neanderthal supposed to do, after they get done experimenting on him? If they ever get done. If he’s ever permitted to have a life of his own, it that were even possible.

So why do this? The prefesser explains:

“When the time comes to deal with… getting off the planet, it’s conceivable that their [Neanderthals’] way of thinking could be beneficial.”

Yo, prof–why don’t you just get started without us? Take off for Mars, and we’ll catch up. Honest.

(Thanks to Linda for the news tip)

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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