Scientist: I'm NOT seeking a mom for a Neanderthal

Scientist: I'm NOT seeking a mom for a Neanderthal

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(FILES) A picture taken 19 July 2004 shows visitors of the Museum for Prehistory in Eyzies-de-Tayac looking at an attempted reconstruction of Neanderthal man and boy. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BERNARD (Photo credit should read PATRICK BERNARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 4:22 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent genetics expert from Harvard Medical School says he is not looking for a woman to bear a Neanderthal baby. Not even an adventurous one.

Some press reports in the past few days suggest Harvard's George Church is supporting the idea of creating a Neanderthal and even looking for an "adventurous" woman for the project.

Church says those reports are based on misunderstandings of an interview he gave the German magazine Der Spiegel. Church said the idea gets a brief mention as a theoretical possibility in his recent book.

Scientists have recovered DNA from Neanderthal fossils. Making a Neanderthal baby would start with putting that DNA into human stem cells.

Church says such a process would face ethical questions.

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