Leading geneticist George Church has recently admitted that, soon enough, he might be able to formally introduce people worldwide to their closest relative, the Neanderthal man.
Furthermore, it seems that the only reason for which we have not yet become acquainted with one such Neanderthal man is that Professor George Church currently finds himself short of a woman who is both ready and willing to act as a mother for this cloned individual.
As Professor George Church explains, cloning a Neanderthal man is not a very difficult thing to do.
Thus, all one needs to do is extract some DNA samples from whatever fossil bones one has at their disposal, then use these fragments to piece together the complete DNA of this extinct human species.
From this moment on, creating an embryo would not be a very complicated task to accomplish, this geneticist maintains.
According to Newsmax Media, Professor George Church's comments on this controversial topic were as follows:
“The reason I would consider it a possibility is that a bunch of technologies are developing faster than ever before. So it's very likely that we could clone a human. Why shouldn't we be able to do so?”
“I have already managed to attract enough DNA from fossil bones to reconstruct the DNA of the human species largely extinct. Now I need an adventurous female human,” he went on to add.
Needless to say, the idea of cloning a Neanderthal man and asking a modern woman to serve as its mother is likely to cause quite a stir, primarily because most countries still frown upon such experiments and their legislation does not allow for them to be carried out.
However, as geneticist George Church puts it, “Laws can change, by the way.”
Still, there are several people who claim that, ethical and legal concerns aside, such neo-Neanderthals might not even be able to survive in today's society, simply because they would lack immunity to modern diseases.