Transhumanist position on human germline genetic modification
March 22, 2015 by James Hughes
Recently a group of scientists and an industry group have issued statements calling for a moratorium on human heritable or germline genetic modifications (see here, here and here), now that we have the powerful CRISPR technique to pursue such modifications.
These statements have been greeted rapturously by bioconservatives, who want to see a global ban on germline and enhancement genetic therapies.
Of course, transhumanists have been thinking about these things for a long time, and the World Transhumanist Association (now known as Humanity+) adopted a formal position on human germline genetic modification 11 years ago.
Creating DNA-based nanostructures without water
Could lead to complex nanoelectronic chips
June 8, 2015
Three different DNA nanostructures assembled at room temperature in water-free glycholine (left) and in 75 percent glycholine-water mixture (center and right). The structures are (from left to right) a tall rectangle two-dimensional DNA origami, a triangle made of single-stranded tails, and a six-helix bundle three-dimensional DNA origami (credit: Isaac Gállego).
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered an new process for assembling DNA nanostructures in a water-free solvent, which may allow for fabricating more complex nanoscale structures — especially, nanoelectronic chips based on DNA.
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Larry Page, the CEO of Google, has started a new venture called Calico, which has the mission of "tackling aging, on of life's greatest mysteries.".
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., the maverick, freethining gerontologist, says in his TED Talk that that "a lot of people alive today are going to live to 1,000 or more"
And inventor Ray Kurzweil, called by the Wall Street Journal "the closest thing to a Thomas Edison of our time, says that “We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever.” (The Singularity is Near, page 371)