I'm no Dr Moreau! Harvard professor says he is NOT looking for a woman to give birth to a Neanderthal, blaming reports on a poor translation
Professor George Church denies planning to bring our long-extinct relative back to life using artificial DNA
The idea was always going to be controversial, and had already led to condemnation from top scientists, bioethicists and the Christian Medical Fellowship.
But now it turns out that the news of a Harvard professor looking for an “adventurous” woman to give birth to a baby Neanderthal is simply not true.
News broke yesterday that Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School, one of the world’s leading geneticists, was planning to bring Neanderthals back to life by reconstructing their DNA and using a surrogate human mother to give birth to the baby.
But today Professor Church debunked the reports, calling them “entirely untrue” and suggesting the confusion comes from a poor translation of something he told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.
Speaking to the Boston Herald, Professor Church said: “The real story here is how these stories have percolated and changed in different ways... I’m sure we’ll get it sorted out eventually.”
Professor Church told the Herald that his phone was ringing off the hook yesterday, with reporters wanting to speak to him about what they believed were his plans to create hybrid animals like HG Wells’ fictional character Dr Moreau.
But the reporters were not in luck, as Professor Church told them he has absolutely no intention to bring our long-extinct relatives back to life.
“I’m certainly not advocating it…I’m saying, if it is technically possible someday, we need to start talking about it today,” he said
According to the Boston Herald, Professor Church blames the inaccurate reports on a mistake in an article written off from an interview with him in the Der Spiegel.
He reportedly believes poor translation skills may be part of the problem that led to his view that the science of bringing Neanderthals back to life may one day be possible, being reported as him actively looking to do so.
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show
£13676.46 - £16411.61 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree Trainee Recruitment Cons...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...