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Lydia Griffin

Writer - Creative and Non-Fiction and journalist,

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Should we clone and revive Homo Neanderthal?

Scientists at Max Planck Institute have sequenced the complete genome of Neanderthal. What benefits could N. bring to the Sapiens mix of Today? And should interbreeding be contemplated?


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      Mar 21 2013: So they say, ZX. Having the full "undiluted" genome is another thing altogether. The ethics of the issue, injecting a separate branch of Homo into a planet that knows precious little togetherness between populations of even a single species, would at first blush appear not only indefensible but also immoral. But the re-wind possibilities are tantalizing (and tantalizingly tempting!) re. unforeseen cultural, medical, or other benefits. The perils of exploitation of an intellectually weaker cousin lurk. The real question is: have we as a species not grown up at all in the last 30,000 years? Will we ever be capable of bi-species co-habitation?
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        • Mar 25 2013: Why does everyone assume that the childs life will be loveless? The Ikea Monkey shows that even smaller primates will tend to be given love by adoptive families if they are offered the chance to be adopted out. There is nothing different between this and any other experimental subject that happens to be an orphan.

          The Ethics of experimenting on another human species are questionable, but that is what ethics are for, to answer questions that are hard because they raise concerns.

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