NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent genetics expert from Harvard Medical School says he is not looking for a woman to bear a Neanderthal baby. Not even an adventurous one.Some press reports in the past few days suggest Harvard’s George Church is supporting the idea of creating a Neanderthal and even looking for an “adventurous” woman for the project.
Church says those reports are based on misunderstandings of an interview he gave the German magazine Der Spiegel. Church said the idea gets a brief mention as a theoretical possibility in his recent book.
Scientists have recovered DNA from Neanderthal fossils. Making a Neanderthal baby would start with putting that DNA into human stem cells.
Church says such a process would face ethical questions.
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