Over the past two decades, gene therapy has come of age, but there are different means of delivering genetic payload.
A future manned mission to Mars might require mankind not just to improve its technological capabilities but also to tweak human DNA.
In the case of Mars, a major resource that can be processed by synthetic biology is the atmosphere.
Living anywhere in our Solar System beyond Earth will require the same level of protection that an astronaut needs while walking in space.
What will humans look like in the distant future? Space travel may may affect both biological and technological changes in our species.
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.
One of the biggest concerns that space agencies like NASA and SpaceX have when it comes to bringing humans to Planet Mars is survival.