Amid the long series of debate over the ethical practice of scientific cloning of dinosaurs and neanderthals, scientists have completed a test with the use of stem technology to bring back the latter into life.
Some scientists believe that with current stem cell technology and our completed sequence of the neanderthals genome, a sign that the world are equipped with the potential to clone a Neanderthal.
Amid the development and the reaching of the goal, Bioethicists, however, debate and contradicting the ethics of cloning Neanderthals — and some think the act is far too inhumane to even attempt.
The scientific undertaking is bringing the world to the real life Jurassic park, as others say, meanwhile, the scientific world was set ablaze of late as discussions ramped up about the resurrection of the wholly mammoth.
In an interview with Big Think, Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York, wonders: what if we could clone the Neanderthal, or a dinosaur, based solely off their genomes?
According to George Church, geneticist and director of Harvard University’s Church Labs, believes that we can clone a Neanderthal in our lifetime.
He believes that with current stem cell technology and our completed sequence of the Neanderthal genome, we are equipped with the potential to clone a Neanderthal.
It can be traced in different history books that the Neanderthals went extinct tens of thousands of years ago, so cloning one from recovered DNA would be impressive enough of a feat — but what about something from 65 million years ago?
Dr. Kaku has admitted that cloning a dinosaur won’t be as easy as cloning a Neanderthal or a mammoth (which wouldn’t very “easy” to begin with) — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
Kaku also notes that proteins found within the soft tissues of recovered dinosaur femurs resemble those of chickens, frogs, and reptiles — confirm the theory of their relation.
The doctor posits that through the use of a supercomputer, a genetic sequence could be produced, which would create theoretical potential for cloning through epigenetics.
With the possibility of bringing back the extinct creatures to life, the question is how do people will live or interact with them?