Friday, November 21, 2008

Ice Age Retro!

The NYT reports that we may be able to re-create wooly mammoths and Neanderthals using their near-relatives as mothers and DNA from the extinct animals' hair.
"The big issue would be whether enough people felt that a chimp-Neanderthal hybrid would be acceptable, and that would be broadly discussed before anyone started to work on it," Dr. [George] Church said.
Oh, I'm sure people wouldn't have any problem with ape-protohuman hybrids if you explained that they would be awesome:
Of course, this is a modification of Russian scientists' plan, reported back in '05.  So it probably won't be done in time for me to ride a mammoth to work this winter.

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