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    Cool Would you have a neanderthal baby?

    Scientists completed the first sequence of the Neanderthal genome in 2010, finding genetic evidence suggesting ancestors of modern humans successfully interbred with Neanderthals, at least occasionally. More recent research has suggested Neanderthal DNA makes up 1 percent to 4 percent of the genomes of modern Eurasians.

    This may go down as one of the oddest job postings in history: A respected Harvard professor of genetics has proposed finding an "extremely adventurous female human" to serve as surrogate mother for a cloned Neanderthal baby.


    Men, would you father a neanderthal child by either impregnating a neanderthal woman or by having your genetic material spliced with that of a neanderthal to be carried to term by a surrogate mother?

    Women, would you have a neanderthal child by having sex with a neanderthal man or having your genetic material spliced with that of a neanderthal to be carried to term by a surrogate mother?

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    I don't want to have ANY baby
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    I'd do it, because I've always wanted to be a hairy beast and I'd be able to live vicariously through my child.

    edit: In 100 years, when half-Neanderthals roam the earth, my statement will be seen as bigotry.

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    now that the OP has been added to, I'll add that I'd have nothing against having sex with a Neanderthal man were I not attached... the boyfriend is hairy enough that it couldn't be THAT big of a difference
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    I wouldn't carry a cloned child designed purely to be a scientific curiosity. Bringing someone into the world for that purpose seems grossly cruel and immoral to me.

    Not to mention human cloning is illegal, and so is cloning intended to create human-animal hybrids, so whether you consider neanderthols human or not, it would be very much against the law to create one.
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    Why?? Why would we want to make a Neanderthal baby?

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    ^ because the kids who grew up loving Jurassic Park are old enough to be scientists now!
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    Does this mean I'll get to make sexytime with Captain Caveman?

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    ^ because the kids who grew up loving Jurassic Park are old enough to be scientists now!
    They're releasing that in 3D this May, btw.

    But yeah, wild -- that movie came out before my kids were born. And one's about to go off to school. science marches on!

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    whether you consider neanderthols human or not, it would be very much against the law to create one.
    No one would ever break the law, of course. Especially in a realm like human cloning. (What's the punishment anyway? There are rules about it, but I'm not sure what the penalty is.)
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    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    I find the very question insulting. Of course not. In fact, this spawn would be a clone of me.

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