NEW YORK — A prominent genetics expert from Harvard Medical School wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He is NOT looking for a woman to bear a Neanderthal baby. Not even an adventurous one.
“Definitely not,” said George Church.
Is he advocating for creating a Neanderthal? No. Does he plan to pursue such a project? “We have no projects, no plans, we have no papers, no grants,” to do that, he said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
You wouldn’t know that from some press reports that shot around the Internet the past few days, which made Church sound like he was supporting the idea and even looking for an “adventurous” woman to bear the Neanderthal child.
Church says those reports are based on misunderstandings of an interview he gave the German magazine Der Spiegel. The publication had approached him to talk about his recent book, “Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves.”
Church said the idea of bringing back Neanderthals gets brief mention as a theoretical possibility, and the book refers to an “adventurous” woman merely to point out that the process would require a woman who no doubt would be adventurous.
“It said you’re going to need someone like that if you’re going to do it,” he said. “It’s certainly very different from taking out a want ad.”
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