Scientists Plan to Grow Neanderthal Brains and Install Them in Robots

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I nominate this for Goofiest News Story of the Year. Maybe even the goofiest story ever.

The Mirror reported this week that scientists at the University of California San Diego plan to grow Neanderthal brains in petri dishes and implant them into little “crablike” robots “to see how they learn” (

Didn’t Peter Lorre already do this, once? Or was it Boris Karloff?

No–that screenplay was rejected. I think it was Vincent Price’s agent who called it “too ridiculous even for us.”

If in the unlikely event this story is true, the gang at UCSD ought to win some kind of award for creativity in wasting money.

P.S.–This is not a satire. It really is that ridiculous.

5 comments on “Scientists Plan to Grow Neanderthal Brains and Install Them in Robots

  1. How do they know it would be a Neanderthal brain? Did they find living ones willing to donate their brains to science. Reminds me of the scientist who did Albert Einstein’s autopsy and secretly kept his brain to study.

  2. Young Frankenstein starring Gene Wilder comes to mind – when Marty Feldman was instructed to go to the basemen and retrieve the normal brain he gave Wilder the one marked with what he thought said “Abby Normal” – a woman’s name.

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