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Our Best Values Must Guide Our Most Powerful Technologies

Our future is at stake and we all, or at least as many as possible, must play a role determining how we move forward.

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.

How synthetic biology will improve Earth and space exploration

The same synthetic biology technologies that will help sustain us on Earth will also support our journey to inhabit the stars.

Human-animal hybrids are coming and could be used to grow organs for transplant – a philosopher weighs in

Some might feel that human-animal hybrids are a threat to human dignity. But it’s difficult to specify what this claim really amounts to.

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.

Lab-Grown Mini Kidneys Are Bringing Science Closer to Custom Organs

Tiny versions of perfect custom organs are already serving as useful research tools and stepping stones toward full-fledged replacements.

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.

Does upgrading our minds mean losing the spark of genius?

If we want our richly creative and innovative world to thrive, we should seek ways to embrace and preserve our diverse traits.

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.

Our Genetically Engineered Future Is Closer Than You Think

Our best shared values can help us navigate the almost unimaginable opportunities and very real challenges that lie ahead.

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