A story that ran across the internet a few days ago has been branded a hoax. In an interview published in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Harvard professor George M. Church was reportedly seeking a woman to give birth to a Neanderthal man. The professor said the whole thing was a misinterpretation due to poor translation.
The Boston Herald reports:
“The real story here is how these stories have percolated and changed in different ways,” George M. Church, a Harvard geneticist who helped kick off the Human Genome Project, told the Herald last night. “I’m sure we’ll get it sorted out eventually.”
In the interview, Dr. Church said he was looking for a woman to bear a young Neanderthal baby thanks to DNA extracted from a cave man’s bone. Church denied this and said the only reason he’s studying DNA and genome sequencing is to find ways to improve a man’s health.