How far do we go till it crosses a line that should not be crossed?
While we have the ability to do such, playing god, the question should be, are we wise enough to hold this responsibility in our hands to do such?
Not everyone, however, shares Church's enthusiasm for cloned Neanderthals,
in light of the ethical issues involved. "I don't think it's fair to put people ... into a circumstance where they are going to be mocked and possibly feared," bioethicist Bernard E. Rollin of Colorado State University in Fort Collins told the British newspaper The Independent.
It's also possible a Neanderthal baby would lack immunity to contemporary infectious diseases, and therefore might not survive, the Independent reports. Neanderthals, our closest known genetic relatives, died off some 30,000 years ago.
"Setting aside the ethical issues behind creating the lone survivor of an extinct human species, doomed to be a freak under the microscope of celebrity … I have to question Dr. Church’s contention that it would really be that easy to clone a Neanderthal," Alex Knapp said in Forbes
. "[O]ther mammals have been cloned.
But at a cost — clones often experience a host of health problems," Knapp said. "For example, the first cloned sheep, Dolly, was one of 29 cloned embryos. He was the only one to survive."
Any surrogate mothers chosen to give birth to a Neanderthal clone might also suffer, Knapp said. "The reality is that success would require dozens of women — many of whom would almost certainly go through the trauma of miscarriage and stillbirths that appear to be inevitable when it comes to cloning. "The ethical implications of just this simple aspect of the process are pretty damning," Knapp said.
Originally posted by IkNOwSTuff
Scientist seeks surrogate mother for Neanderthal baby
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A Harvard scientist is reportedly looking for an "adventurous woman" to give birth to the first Neanderthal baby in 30,000 years.
Originally posted by violet
You have a point.
Aren't they half human, half Ape though?
In the spirit of equality....
If this psychosis manifests in ways that harms others, apply the same repercussions we 'normies' face. It's not a crime to have psychosis. At least here in the States where Harvard is.
Saying the neanderthal will be psychotic is unfounded.
"When the time comes to deal with an epidemic or getting off the planet or whatever, it's conceivable that their way of thinking could be beneficial. They could maybe even create a new neo-Neanderthal culture and become a political force. The main goal is to increase diversity. The one thing that is bad for society is low diversity."
And why would they want to?
Have you ever been a subject of a science experiment?
I would say that there would be a huge amount of legal question as to the treatment of any neanderthal child
Look at this thread. People are comparing them to chimps and apes and we use those in scientific testing, do we not?
and there would be no immediate legislative protections or any hope for a parent to act as a shield
(see foster children being used in drug tests as an example of what happens when no parent exists).
I'd really rather not see another child, neanderthal or sapiens, constantly being tested
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
reply to post by WhiteAlice
And why would they want to?
Clarify what you're asking
The uninformed are calling them that. Not Harvard Medical. And not everyone outside this thread. Some will, and some won't. It would be combated the same way as any other issue; communication and awareness.
Are you certain? You sound certain.
Concerning the legislation. That's what I asked in the beginning. I don't know for sure if current laws would apply or if new ones would be written. Surely if deemed a human being, as I believe would be the case (right?), US Laws would provide human rights and protection. I have zero doubt there would be support/interest in the well-being of the baby.
I have to comment here. Since this is my world.
I was raised in a care home that took in children and teens. My family acted as parents. As a result I have had near 30 brothers and sisters so far... not all foster (and other terms you're probably not familiar with) children are abused. Some have much much better lives after their 'bio parents don't exist'.