Cloning a Neanderthal


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Science is saying that they are very close to finishing the sequence of the Neanderthal genome. This means that creating a person with ancient DNA is becoming extremely realistic. Stem cell science is becoming further advanced, thus making it possible to alter the DNA of a stem cell to make it match the Neanderthal genome. That stem cell could then create many more stem cells, which could be programmed to become any type of cell that existed in a Neanderthal's body. Cows, goats, and sheep are cloned all the time, so why shouldn't we clone a human?

The question is raised. SHOULD we clone a Neanderthal? What are the benefits? What are the negatives? Where do you raise it? Some of the benefits of cloning a Neanderthal include learning a great deal about evolution. Also, we don't know if Neanderthals were able to speak. If we are able to communicate with another species, it would teach us a huge amount about our evolutionary history. It would also be interesting to see if a Neanderthal could mentally develop to live an a modern society.

Some of the negative aspects of cloning a Neanderthal include whether it is ethical. Creating the birth of a person solely for studying aspects is a question of ethics for sure. Hopefully, the Neanderthal would not be feared and mocked. Also, not having any peers and being lonely could possibly happen. Everything is speculation, we won't know until we do it!

If a Neanderthal were to be cloned, we could not raise it as a science experiment and keep it cooped up in a lab like the first cloned dog Snuppy who lived his life caged up in a lab. snuppy4.jpg 
The Neanderthal would have to be treated humanely, so that we could observe whether or not it could live in a modern society. It would be so interesting to see if a Neanderthal could live as a normal person. I am all aboard the train to clone a Neanderthal. I think it would be ground breaking, and it would answer many interesting questions about who we are, and where we come from.

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It is very interesting that scientists think they can clone a Neanderthal. My question is- why would they want to? We know that humans developed from Neanderthals so why would we want to go back in time? However, I do realize that people are interested in things we can no longer observe. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how evolution worked over time. Would there be enough funding to help prove the existence of evolution? I think there are a lot of people in the world who frown upon the further research of evolution and would disagree with the goals of this study. In terms of whether not it is ethical, I think it is. If you are creating a Neanderthal, it's mind is already underdeveloped. If it doesn't know what's going on, does it matter? It also doesn't have any family or social structures we have that would defend for it.

I do not think cloning a neanderthal would answer questions like who we are and where we come from, but I do think it would be an amazing way to extend the amazing things scientists are able to do. I'm curious to know if you clone a neanderthal will it have the mindset of the person from its time period? I was only able to find one reliable source on this topic, but it did not give me enough information to for a complete an accurate answer. It is something to think about and I would like to hopefully see studies on this one day.

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