..No, Harvard geneticist is not trying to clone a Neanderthal baby

January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment


“It turns out that a reported plan to clone a Neanderthal baby was lost in translation.
Harvard geneticist George M. Church was quoted in The Daily Mail as looking for an “adventurous woman” to serve as a surrogate for a “cloned cave baby.” The shocking headline spread quickly across the media with no small amount of help from major news aggregators like The Drudge Report.
But the Boston Herald dug a little deeper into the story, joining a long list of news outlets that contacted Church for an explanation.

“The real story here is how these stories have percolated and changed in different ways,” Church told the Herald last night. “I’m sure we’ll get it sorted out eventually.”
Church says the Daily Mail article was based on an interview he gave to German language magazine Der Spiegel and poorly translated comments he made about the possibility of one day cloning a Neanderthal.

“I’m certainly not advocating it,” Church told the Herald. “I’m saying, if it is technically possible someday, we need to start talking about it today.”

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