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← How would you feel about a half-human half-chimp hybrid?

bachfiend's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by bachfiend

Michael Crichton's novel "Next" partly dealt with the question of a human-chimpanzee hybrid. I wouldn't be surprised if it were possible, because marine iguanas and land iguanas are still capable of producing viable (if not fertile) offspring, and they diverged from each other about 6 million years ago, at about the same time as the human and chimpanzee lines started to diverge, and in number of generations, that would be vastly greater. Now whether it should be done, I have very serious doubts. Not only would it upset a very large number of people (that in itself isn't necessarily a reason for not doing it), but it would also be bringing into existence a new species, possibly sentient, with all the legal and ethical problems that would bring.

Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:21:00 UTC | #301566