Ladies! Who Wants to Give Birth to a Neanderthal?

Before I go any further, I want to acknowledge that there are a lot of women out there who will say that they are married to a Neanderthal and that their sons are Neanderthals just like their dads, but I’m not talking about stereotyped behaviors.

George Church could be described by some to be an over achiever.  The molecular geneticist is best known as a professor of genetics at the Harvard Medical School.  However, he also serves as a professor of health sciences and technology at Harvard and MIT, along with being on the faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering which is also located at Harvard.  His specialty is personal genomics and synthetic biology.  He has published or co-published over 300 scientific articles in the subject of genetics.

A main part of Church’s work involves tinkering with the molecular structure of DNA in order to add artificial coding to benefit human kind.  An example would be to alter the DNA of white blood cells to turn them into cancer fighting cells or for fighting other diseases.  He is also researching the possibility of using these DNA altering techniques to revive long extinct species, such as the Neanderthals.

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His work on resurrecting extinct animals is similar to the concept used in the making of the hit movie Jurassic Park.  First he has to reconstruct the DNA of the extinct animal. Then he inserts it into the egg of a closely related species such as a chicken egg with a dinosaur DNA or the egg of an elephant with the DNA of a woolly mammoth.  The same concept could also be used with reconstructed Neanderthal DNA and a human egg.  The fertilized egg, once it starts to divide, is then implanted into the womb of a female in hopes of producing the live birth of the extinct animal or human.

In the case of the Neanderthal, Church says that using large sections of their DNA could help reprogram the human egg into becoming more Neanderthal-like.  The more this is repeated, the closer to a pure Neanderthal you should end up with.

When interviewed recently by the German magazine, Der Spiegel, Church was asked if he thought that a Neanderthal baby would be born in his lifetime.  Church, who is 58 years old replied:

“That depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think so.”

Once the Neanderthal genome has been reconstructed, Church said all that would be needed is an “extremely adventurous female human” that would allow herself to serve as the surrogate mother to the Neanderthal child.

While all this may sound like science-fiction, it is becoming more of a possibility than many people realize.  However, there is one thing that no one seems to be talking about.  Neanderthals were not some ancient human subspecies that disappeared thousands of years ago.  Rather they were an ethnic group of people that migrated from the Tower of Babel into sections of Europe.  This migration began about 4,200 years ago.

In time other ethnic groups migrated into the same areas and in time began to intermarry with the Neanderthals.  Whether due to diseases, the inability to thrive in the cold environment or just through simple intermarrying, the pure ethnic group known as Neanderthals seems to have disappeared just a couple thousand years ago.

A number of researchers have said that traces of Neanderthal DNA have been found in some people living today, which only helps to prove the biblical scenario of that happened to them.  I’ve seen people in public places that have some of the stereotypical facial features of Neanderthals such as the large protruding eyebrow ridges and larger than normal sized heads.  Could these individuals have a little more Neanderthal in their DNA than the rest of us?

Regardless of the biblical interpretation of the facts, Church and others like him will continue to push forward with their evolutionary thinking until they successfully resurrect the cavemen of thousands of years ago.  Undoubtedly they’ll have no problem finding a willing female in today’s liberal society to be the surrogate.  However they will be surprised to see the child grow up to be just like you and me and everyone else around us and not some primitive running around in animal skins and grunting.

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