George Church, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, is finding an “adventurous woman”, who is interested in having a Neanderthal child.
In 1993, Steven Spielberg, in his movie “Jurassic Park”, presented the concept of the recreation of dinosaurs from the DNA embedded in the amber. Church’s concept is the recreation of that concept but in the extinct human race.
Church is of the opinion that the advanced technology can help him in bringing the Neanderthal race of humans back to life, which is thought to have no living members for 33,000 years.
“It depends on a lot of things, but I think it can be done. The reason I would consider it a possibility is that a bunch of technologies are developing faster than ever before,” Church said in an interview with the German magazine, Der Spiegel. “In particular, reading and writing DNA is now about a million times faster than seven or eight years ago.”
Among the remaining materials, he needed, is a woman to work on this project.
“I have already managed to attract enough DNA from fossil bones to reconstruct the DNA of the human species largely extinct,” Church added. “Now I need an adventurous female human.”
Church would use the process of cloning for this – sort of controversial – project.
“We can clone all kinds of mammals, so it’s very likely that we could clone a human. Why shouldn’t we be able to do so?” he posed.
According to Church, Neanderthals were intelligent beings. They could help humans in future.
“Neanderthals might think differently than we do. We know that they had a larger cranial size. They could even be more intelligent than us,” he said. “When the time comes to deal with an epidemic or getting off the planet or whatever, it’s conceivable that their way of thinking could be beneficial.”