challenging religious privilege in public life

David Warmflash

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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.

Our brains as hard drives – could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

At MIT’s Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, for example, scientists have modified memories in mice using an optogenetic interface.

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.

Creating Superman (and woman): Who benefits from human enhancement?

From any combination of a number of approaches, real-life human enhancement is looking ever more achievable.

50 Years Since Apollo 11: Will Human Pregnancy Be Possible in a Lunar Colony?

Based on the weightlessness research, there is reason to worry that that implantation and pregnancy may not be flawless in a lunar colony.

Six Reasons Why Humans Should Return to the Moon

Let’s take a look at some prime examples of how humanity’s expected return to the lunar surface could help life here on Earth.

Body part regeneration: How science can make the jump from fantasy to reality

Regenerative medicine is promising and exciting to hear about, but reports on limb regrowth should be taken with caution.

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.

Frozen in time: You can be cryogenically preserved, but will you ever be revived?

The rationale for those considering cryonics is that there's no guarantee they will ever be revived, but that it is reasonable that they might be.

Have humans reached the end of evolution? Not under these 4 scenarios

Is natural selection still a major force in human evolution? We've been taught to think the answer must be yes. But is it really true?

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