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#1 *cough*

Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Wanted: 'Adventurous woman' to give birth to Neanderthal man - Harvard professor seeks mother for cloned cave baby  


Surely no ethics committee would pass this?

#2 ShamelesslyPooks

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

Nah, they wouldn't. Fascinating idea though!

#3 libbylu

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

There is no way it would ever get through an ethics committee.
It is one thing to find a gestational carrier - that bit is not such an issue.  Finding someone to donate their embryo - their own DNA to be altered, would be more of a challenge ......but the most pressing ethical concern is that you just can't create a human life for the purpose of a human experiment. The baby would have no parents and would essentially be a human guinea pig.
Added to this that it would probably take hundreds of attempts (meaning miscarriages or foetuses incompatible with life) to make it work.
An interesting idea though.

#4 tamietamara

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

If this is even possible, then why hasn't someone stopped women's leg and underarm hair from growing by now??? Now that is one of the world's big issues in need of solving....

Edited by tamietamara, 21 January 2013 - 04:07 PM.

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

Yeah.. no ethics committee anywhere would pass that.

The fact that the story only seems to be appearing in the Daily Fail lends weight to the argument too!

#6 Oriental lily

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

No ethic committee will pass it.
Thats of course if the idea is presented towards a ethic comitee.

It's a bit naive to think, especially in  developing countries,that human cloning experimentation is not going on already. Probably with horrible results.

I think however we will have wooly mammoth in our age again.
That would be pretty amazing.

#7 Shooz

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

I'm sure if it ever got to the go ahead stage there would be someone willing to do anything it takes for the right amount of compensation!

#8 ubermum

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

Exactly what I thought everyone. If it ever happens, it will have to be done dodgy.

#9 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

I saw the headline online and thought it was a joke!

#10 steppy

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

Adventurous? Wouldn't they mean Avaricious? There is no way I would do something like that for less than enough money to live on for the rest of my life and cover any medical problems arising.

#11 greatwon2

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

funny , i was just reading this article and said to my husband how cool I'd volunteer original.gif wasn't thinking of the multiple attempts etc or my own DNA being used ... that puts a damper on how i feel about it but the chance to study the human species in a previous evolution would be phenomenal. The moral issues are too hard to excuse away however for it to ever become a reality.

#12 Jane Jetson

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 21/01/2013, 05:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think however we will have wooly mammoth in our age again.
That would be pretty amazing.

Stuff that, I want a pet thylacine!

#13 nano-tyrannus

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:00 PM


Watch from 3:00

#14 Tree Sage

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

animal testing is so wrong.

#15 Space is Big

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:46 AM

Some of the comments to the article I read about this made me LOL.

‘They are too late my MIL already gave birth to a Neanderthal 24 years ago.’

‘I can’t wait to see the rugby finals 2036……. oh wait’  

or words to those effects.

Edited by mummy2amelia, 26 January 2013 - 07:47 AM.

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