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.
Synthetic biology involves the rewriting of large segments of the genomes of organisms, resulting in what effectively are new organisms.
A desirable option would be to use CRISPR gene editing to essentially cut out the unwanted gene. There are, however, many challenges ahead.
It is difficult to examine society’s acceptance or rejection of key biotech developments without considering the role played by major religions.
We have the technology to potentially add a 47th chromosome. The implications are enormously consequential.
More of us are asking this question: why not also use genome sequencing to help seemingly healthy people screen for all sorts of conditions?
Our species is on the cusp of a revolution that will change every aspect of our lives but we’re hardly talking about it.
The genetics revolution that will transform our health care, and ultimately our evolutionary trajectory as a species has already begun.
Our ability and willingness to make genetic alterations to our future children will grow over time along with our knowledge and technological ability.
We are not remotely ready for what’s coming. Yet we must be, to optimise the benefits and minimise the potential harms of genetic technologies.