Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Researchers May Remake Neanderthal DNA

So it says here at Unexplained Mysteries, a website that I definitely do not scan like a hawk every day hoping for a big "break" to prove skeptics wrong. I know they are only referring to constructing the genome, but it makes you wonder what would happen if some mad scientists managed to get one to run around and scare us to death. Would we consider this Neanderthal a human? A different species? I can hear the ethical angst simmering already. If you read that last sentence again, you'll find that it was a strange one.

You know, I could point to several pieces of non-empirical fictional evidence that lead me to believe that something like this might not be the best idea: