Professor George Church believes he can create a neanderthal.
Church, a geneticist and professor of synthetic biology at Harvard University, said he can use fossil samples to recreate the DNA structure of Neanderthals. He said he would then place the DNA inside stem cells, which would in turn be injected into cells from a human embryo for placement inside a human womb.
“Now I need an adventurous female human,” Church said. “It depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think it can be done.”
Church told the German magazine Der Spiegel that recreating a Neanderthal, a species that has been extinct for more than 33,000 years, could prove beneficial.
“Neanderthals might think differently than we do. We know that they had a larger cranial size,” he said. “They could even be more intelligent than us. 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.”