News this week that a Neanderthal surrogate was wanted rocked the pop science world as the possibility of species revival was discussed — but hot on the heels of the bizarre proposal came a wave of ethical concern over the implications of cloning a long-dead race of near-humans.
The “Neanderthal surrogate headlines,” in truth, followed a far less sensational headline and a discussion in Der Spiegel, a German paper, with molecular biologist George Church.
(It should be underscored that Church is not yet even close to seeking a gestational surrogate for the next Neanderthal birth, but the tone in which the scientist discussed the potential scientific breakthrough was enough to convince many science fans an attempt could be on the close horizon.)
As we mentioned previously on The Inquisitr, it’s not the first time Church has said a Neanderthal surrogate may be wanted in the near future, and last year he even speculated that human women will be lining up to gestate the dead species should the first attempt go well — noting if one woman gives birth to a “healthy, normal Neanderthal baby … then, everyone will want to have a Neanderthal kid.”
But not everyone is as hot on the idea of Neanderthal pregnancy as Church. The biologist’s proposal has sparked concern about the implications of impregnating a human woman with what would essentially be a science experiment.