Cloning Neanderthals

Published on January 29th, 2013 | by Admin

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Der Spiegel has posted an interesting interview with George Church, a synthetic biology expert from Harvard university who believes that if human cloning ever became acceptable, it would be possible to bring back Neanderthals from the dead.

SPIEGEL: Setting aside all ethical doubts, do you believe it is technically possible to reproduce the Neanderthal?

Church: The first thing you have to do is to sequence the Neanderthal genome, and that has actually been done. The next step would be to chop this genome up into, say, 10,000 chunks and then synthesize these. Finally, you would introduce these chunks into a human stem cell. If we do that often enough, then we would generate a stem cell line that would get closer and closer to the corresponding sequence of the Neanderthal. We developed the semi-automated procedure required to do that in my lab. Finally, we assemble all the chunks in a human stem cell, which would enable you to finally create a Neanderthal clone.

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Story: Der Spiegel | Photo: Rick Friedman, Der Speigel

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