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Biologist: Space Travelers Can Benefit From Genetic Engineering

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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s human spaceflight program might take some giant leaps forward if the agency embraces genetic engineering techniques more fully, according to genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter.

The Case of Human Reproductive and Genetic Technologies

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Emerging Technologies and a Sustainable, Healthy, Just World

by Marcy Darnovsky and Jesse Reynolds,

Synthetic biology is the rapidly developing field devoted to engineering life from the ground up. It has recently generated headlines about startling applications such as the effort to artificially construct a living bacterium, molecule by molecule. But one of its leading practitioners doesn’t think the engineering of life will stop there. Stanford’ University’s Drew Endy recently told The New Yorker:

Genetically Modified Humans? No Thanks

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by Richard Hayes, Washington Post
April 15th, 2008

States Crack Down On Online Gene Tests

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by Robert Langreth and Matthew Herper, Forbes
April 18th, 2008

The flashy new industry of personalized gene testing is experiencing some early blowback.

The Spitterati and Trickle-Down Genomics

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by Marcy Darnovsky, Mother Jones blog
November 3rd, 2008

Just before the world's financial system hit the skids, the New Yorker's Talk of the Town and the New York Times' Sunday Styles section both featured lengthy accounts of a celebrity "spit party," at which notables in cocktail attire ejected their saliva into test tubes. The chic gala, hosted by media moguls Barry Diller, Rupert Murdoch, and Harvey Weinstein, was the latest episode of a remarkable publicity push by 23andMe, the start-up biotech firm whose mission is "to be the world's trusted source of personal genetic information."

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