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Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms

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.

Why synthetic biology is about much more than resurrecting woolly mammoths

Synthetic biology involves the rewriting of large segments of the genomes of organisms, resulting in what effectively are new organisms.

We can identify ‘bad’ genes. Why can’t we use CRISPR gene editing to get rid of them?

A desirable option would be to use CRISPR gene editing to essentially cut out the unwanted gene. There are, however, many challenges ahead.

Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

It is difficult to examine society’s acceptance or rejection of key biotech developments without considering the role played by major religions.

The 47th State Panacea or Perversion

We have the technology to potentially add a 47th chromosome. The implications are enormously consequential.

Genome Sequencing for Healthy People: Is it Time?

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 Genetic Future Is Coming… Faster Than We Think

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 designer baby debate could start a war

The genetics revolution that will transform our health care, and ultimately our evolutionary trajectory as a species has already begun.

Is Sex for Reproduction About to Become Extinct?

Our ability and willingness to make genetic alterations to our future children will grow over time along with our knowledge and technological ability.

Human gene editing is too transformative to be guided by the few

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.

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