Synthetic Biology

Someday we may be able to create microbial (and possibly human) cells that are resistant to viruses and to bring extinct species like the woolly mammoth back to life. We could expand the human life span, increase our intelligence and enhance our ability to survive long space journeys.

More on these scientific applications in the WSJ.

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  1. Jimmy says:

    There is a book searies named Ender’s Game which deals with long space flights. It is interesting to read of the possibilities, even if it is in a fiction book.

  2. Buster says:

    Wasn’t this the subject of the movie Jurassic Park? Just look at how well that worked out!

  3. Lacie says:

    Sounds genious! Lets hope we see some of this sooner than later…

  4. Alex says:

    I have no fear of machines and technology, but this seems like a step in the wrong direction.

  5. Paul says:

    Super-soldiers here we come!

  6. Jordan says:

    Exciting times.

  7. Robert says:

    I believe I have seen this movie before…I Am Legend.

    Can’t lie, though- I am very interested in and excited by this sort of technology as well as our strided in nanotech and robotics, such as this robotic hand created in 2009.

  8. seyyed says:

    this is when it would be beneficial to have an ethicist come and comment on this thread. There are a lot of ethical implications to such advances that musn’t be taken lightly.

    also ender’s game is one of the greatest series ever