Living anywhere in our Solar System beyond Earth will require the same level of protection that an astronaut needs while walking in space.
If you can synthesize DNA faster, then you can conduct more experiments and learn faster. That’s what I’d like to see. More people programming life.
NASA has turned to the fast-moving world of gene therapy to solve several potential medical issues facing astronauts on lengthy space missions.
The same synthetic biology technologies that will help sustain us on Earth will also support our journey to inhabit the stars.
Synthetic biology will become indispensable to establish a long-term human presence off-Earth, namely colonization.
Though scientists are optimistic that CRISPR could help, they also emphasize caution and community engagement in order to get it right.
The clinical trial at the Oregan Health & Science University was performed to treat a blindness-causing gene mutation.
The sad fact of the matter is that those most interested in the regulatory process tend to be motivated by politics and ideology.
This truly remarkable time in the biological sciences has the opportunity to effectively attack some of the most fundamental problems of society.
As humanity looks outward, we ponder what kind of life we ought to take with us to support outposts and eventually colonies off the Earth.