There’s no grand plan and no reason why nature shouldn’t, like the rest of us, occasionally make terrible mistakes.
Living anywhere in our Solar System beyond Earth will require the same level of protection that an astronaut needs while walking in space.
Would you accept a transfusion of blood products from a chimpanzee or a gorilla? Or what about a pig?
In the case of Mars, a major resource that can be processed by synthetic biology is the atmosphere.
Many scientists are worried about creating genetically modified humans. While these are valid concerns, they don’t justify a ban on research.
What we all have an inescapable moral duty to do is to continue with scientific investigation of gene editing techniques.
Want to track which breed of a certain plant attracts the most ladybugs in your home garden? Interested in engineering your own coffee?
Gene therapy, like many other areas of technology, is advancing and succeeding in increments. It must follow a very cautious pathway.
One of the most fascinating projects on the clinical horizon is the effort to grow human organs within non-human animals.
By far, the leading cause of death is heart disease and it turns out that mitochondria play a major role in this category of disease.