Harvard University's George Church tells The Boston Herald that his remarks to the German news magazine Der Spiegel regarding Neandertal cloning were the victim of misinterpretation and poor translation. "I'm certainly not advocating it," Church says to the Herald. "I'm saying, if it is technically possible someday, we need to start talking about it today."
As Susan Young at Technology Review notes, "the idea of a surrogate mother for a Neanderthal baby is an interesting thought experiment. If we have the technology in hand (or close to hand), it seems better to have open discussion about what could be before we move to what should be."