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Feb 24, 2010


Is cloning Neanderthals ethical?

Neanderthal is a byword for backwardness, but this relative of ours, which disappeared only25,000 or 30,000 years ago, was clearly human. The Neanderthals had burial rites, built fires, probably had language, made tools and even had a larger brain than homo sapiens. Now, according to an article in the journal Archaeology, some scientists want to clone them.


The Neanderthals' differently shaped brains might give them a different way of thinking that would be useful in problem-solving. They would also expand humanity's genetic diversity, helping protect our genus from future extinction. "Just saying 'no' is not necessarily the safest or most moral path," he says. "It is a very risky decision to do nothing."


At 6:15 PM , Blogger Zoro said...

Not that old chestnut!

Can't beat the old lymphatic system = happy = ignorance is bliss.

Happy happy.


At 4:11 AM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Happiness is a warm Neanderthal.

At 4:58 PM , Blogger Zoro said...

I'm going to say, 'ghoulish' because it's been a while. Is this one of those 'knat encased in amber' stories? Or a concession to the happy clappies searching for the missing link? I personally couldn't live with a neanderthal. Unless it was potty-trained.



At 5:47 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Bigot. Neanderthals had bigger brains than not only homo sapiens, but homo serpiens, mad dogs and Englishmen.

Far more sophisticated lot than given credit for, I reckon. Doubtful they'd request bunking with the likes of you, any old way.

At 3:47 PM , Blogger Zoro said...

Does that signify discernment? For two pins... you'd be in court with a writ... Indi, you slanderous old dog. I feel in my bones that you may know less about neanderthals than you suggest.


At 3:57 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Writ this:

I likely know less about everything than I might suggest, regardless of bones.


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