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Should scientists clone a Neanderthal?

A U.S. scientists says we are now capable of cloning a Neanderthal baby by introducing Neanderthal genome material into a human stem cell and implanting it into a surrogate mother. The theory is, cloning a Neanderthal would increase human diversity and show us new ways of thinking or even curing disease.
But what of the moral and legal issues?
Our species (Homo sapiens) and Homo Neanderthalensis both walked the earth 30,000-40,000 years ago in Europe and Asia. Should we try to reach back to those prehistoric times to recreate an ancient reflection of humanity or leave the study of Neanderthal to archaeologists examining bones and stones?

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    Feb 9 2013: Yes we should.

    What evolution science can learn from his behavior, anatomy, cognitive functions... Would be revolutionary. We would have grounds for understanding prosocial norms, instinct differences, and even nutritional requirements - comparing an ancient body to the modern body would be a landmark in scientific revolutions... Most theories of evolutionary paradigms would be answered and thousand more made.

    The negatives would come from HOW much we would want to study him/her - that part might not be the most humane... Depending on if we are probing and poking or observing and interacting. Even after the ethical disputes are resolved, the amount of information learned would be astonishing. I would pay or write my way into meeting such a person - a person separated by thousands of years. What we would learn about ourselves would be stunning, perhaps even world changing.

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