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Lydia Griffin

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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 24 2013: I think I wrote somewhere that the flip side of technology is that you can only see its effect in short term. Same goes with applied science.
    I have a strong gut feeling that tinkering with genetic codes, after a point, can have dangerous effects on us. For the instant question, H.N. lived and went extinct under conditions and reasons we don't have full grasp over. We have practical limits of seeing the consequences of things up to a distance - biological evolution hugely surpasses that limit.
    Moreover, human ingenuity has well deserved issues to engage with. We are not in control of our living conditions, health, education, social discrimination and even human rights. The reality being so, concepts like bringing back H.N.s appear esoteric to me.
    My opinion entirely.

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