The Daily Mail is reporting on a call put out by a Harvard professor for a surrogate mother to give birth to a human embryo injected with artificially created DNA based on genetic code found in the fossil remains of Neanderthals.

Whilst there are obvious legal, ethical and moral frontiers being pioneered here as well as biological ones, I have to admit my curiosity overrides any objection I might have to this experiment.

Naturally, the civil rights of the newborn, if successful, would be heavily debated.  I personally think that it should have full human rights with heavy advisory supervision by the scientific team behind this, assuming it wasn’t suffering heavily from its modified genetics and was being fostered by caring and competent parents.

Imagine disclosing their genetic background to it after it became conscious and intelligent enough to fathom it.

Brave new world indeed.

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