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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: Pardon my bleeding heart, but it seems a little cruel. If it starts, where does it stop?
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      Mar 21 2013: Perfect point. But if we can - since one day soon we will "can" - we should elaborate the ethics of the thing. Someone soon (next 50 years?) will clone a dinosaur, or a ... Neanderthal. Funding appears to be only obstacle and we are on the slippery slopes already.
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        Mar 24 2013: Very few things are inevitable, apparently not even species death (individual death and taxes notwithstanding). So slopes don't have to be so slippery towards catastrophe. I am not so possessed by fear of consequences as by confidence . There does not have to be a catastrophe.
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          Mar 24 2013: Another glory of Sapiens: We know how to hope. We seem to excel at that most excellently. I thank you Timothy for the up-side look. That half-full glass looks good right about now!

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