Cloning Neanderthals?
Lauren Davis reopens the debate started by Zach Zorich at Archeology and continued by yours truly over whether or not we should clone a Neanderthal. She does a nice job compiling a list of yays and nays,

Another take on the ongoing discussion about cloning a neanderthal.  My objection would be more along the lines of ethics – once you clone her, she is a person, and has the rights of every other person, including not to be studied, etc.  Granted, she needs some tutelage to be able to cope with a world which will NOT be “unfamiliar” to her, no more than a baby is – it’s all new.  She would be like any other child.  Whether her brain structure is different is a question that can only be answered by testing, a lot of it, and is that the purpose we clone people for?  That becomes the stuff of SF where a subset of the human population is just that, sub.

Kristin Lundgren

The original debate:
and the response:
and the response from the original writer that this article refers to:

The scientific, legal, and ethical obstacles to cloning Neanderthals.

I guess when I read the article it seemed like they were talking more about raising her in a lab and taking her out for experiences, etc.   I.e. not a real life she owns.  I wrote a seminar review paper in law school in 2002 on the parentage of a human clone.  Interesting where it can take you, and when one is grown in a lab, does the government step in, DFS, and claim the child?  It’s not strictly “human.”  Our laws haven’t caught up to our science yet is what I found.  Because we have laws banning cloning of humans, etc.  But Neanderthals are not strictly “human” so do those laws apply?  Technically, a neanderthal kid would be non-human, so can it be afforded the protections of a human?  It should or course, but the law is slow.

Bringing a Neanderthal to life’s been done before in movies and books, but usually with a full-grown one that has somehow been preserved and brought back to life.  Then they are already culturally steeped in their values.  But if raised from birth as a human, could they talk like us, think like us, or as I said, is their brain different, less intelligent, or just not the same, so it’s learning processes are not the same, and it sees things in a different way?  (Using “it” because I hate saying he/she constantly. )


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