photo credit: Ryan Somma
Old joke, updated: Do you have any Neanderthal in you? Do you want one?
Ok, so you may have heard that all humans of non-African descent have a small percent of Neanderthal genes buried away in our double helix. So that’s exciting.
In other Neanderthal news, there’s a discussion about whether it would be ok to scrape together the small amount of Neanderthal DNA we can find in fossils and such, and create a living being.
We can’t do this yet. We can’t even come close. So it’s good that we’re having the conversation now.
And the answer is:
No. We should never ever ever ever clone a complete Neanderthal person.
Mind, you, I’m ok with cloning humans, pieces of humans, sheep, pieces of sheep, etc.
But a Neanderthal is a thinking, rational being, with emotions, the ability to speak, and a fine brain who would be all alone and an object of ridicule and scientific study without giving permission.
So some people said, hey, let’s create a colony of them, so they won’t be lonely. Yeah, colonies of extreme minorities always do really well, right?
Nope. Don’t do it. I’m on record.
So was the clone of the post intentional, or am I making bad assumptions again? If the former, know that I laughed. If the latter, forget that I laughed. I hate it when I laugh at someone’s joke, only to find out it was accidental.
Accidental, but I’m leaving it there, because it’s hilarious.