posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 05:35 PM
I really don't think this is even a possibilty. Sure, they could probably clone something from the degraded neanderthal DNA, but there is one catch.
What about the HOX sequences? These sequences are what determine the chemical gradients that aid in embryological development. They are repeated a set
number of times in each organism, and these repeats are based on random mutations throughout an organisms evolution. As a comparison, many fish and
reptiles have more HOX sequence repeats than humans as those fish and reptiles have been around much longer than humans.
It's basically like this. Try to read the following sentence and fill in the gaps based only on the knowledge that it will resemble a complete
sentence, and there can be more than one word in each black (just as there could be more than one HOX repeat in each DNA gap):
My favorite fruit is _____ because it is ____ and ____.
Now, how many combinations are there? Am I saying my favorite fruit is pineapple because it's yellow and sweet? Or am I saying my favorite fruit is a
grape because it is small, round, purple or green, sweet, and comes in bunches? See how the second version was drastically longer than the first, and
definitely had an impact on my answer?
Same goes for HOX. Leaving out one HOX sequence could produce either nothing (it would terminate before neurulation most likely) or an organism not at
all like a true neanderthal.
For now, I think this will remain in the same realm as the failed attempts at cloning the mammoth.