Should Science Clone Another Albert Einstein?

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Albert Einstein's brain was different than yours or mine.

The Great Physicist Albert Einstein may have been brilliant for biological reasons. It is estimated that someone with Einstein's cognitive powers emerges only 500 years or so, but with the capability to clone humans on the horizon, perhaps within our lifetime, the technical ability to clone even an army of Einsteins is truly in the realm of science fact, and not science fantasy.

So, what made Einstein different than you and I?

When Albert Einstein was born, his parents knew something was unusual, perhaps even defective, because of the odd, distended shape of his skull. Upon Einstein's death in 1955, an autopsy was performed to determine what made Albert different, if he was indeed different at all. Dr. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed the autopsy, cut Einstein's brain into pieces and preserved it in formaldehyde for scientific study.

According to Harvey, the overall size of Einstein's brain is unremarkable. It actually weighed a third of a pound less than the three-pound average of adult males. In 1985, scientists at University of California, Berkeley reported that portions of Einstein's brain had higher than normal numbers of glial cells, which feed neurons. The Berkeley researchers suggested that the extra glial cells were needed to nourish Einstein's high-performance neurons. In addition, Einstein's brain fell in the range of normal for all measurements, except for the portion known as the inferior parietal lobes, located in the middle of the brain. Einstein's parietal lobes were bigger and better connected than the norm. Subsequent experiments have shown the parietal lobes are involved in mathematics, as well as music and processing of visual images, strongly suggesting a biological link between the shape of Einstein's brain and his remarkable mathematical skills.

To clone or not to clone?
A large portion of Einstein's brain remains preserved in formaldehyde today, so...
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