Researchers are moving forward with attempts to make edits to human embryos using CRISPR and other genome editing techniques.
Humans putting thought into the matter realized that you just don't become a sentient being, all of a sudden, at the moment of conception.
In January 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-abortion laws represent an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.
If we really want Martian colonies, we can’t send just a few Adams and Eves. We can’t set-up a Martian Jamestown of 100 people.
At MIT’s Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, for example, scientists have modified memories in mice using an optogenetic interface.
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.
Like insulin pumps and cardiac pacemakers, the medical implants of the future will go where they are needed, on or inside the body.
It is difficult to examine society’s acceptance or rejection of key biotech developments without considering the role played by major religions.
A striking feature of medicine over the past few centuries has been our growing ability to bring people back from the "dead".
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.