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Efforts involving brain-computer interfaces pose myriad risks to would-be supersoldiers

Illustration of a cyborg from the collarbones up, facing the right side of the image, in a dark space. Its metal face has been slightly detached from the rest of its head to reveal the computer chips and wires inside.
Illustration of a cyborg from the collarbones up, facing the right side of the image, in a dark space. Its metal face has been slightly detached from the rest of its head to reveal the computer chips and wires inside.
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Genetic testing can catch markers of disease before they’re transmitted to future generations — presenting some would-be parents with a difficult choice.

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Reengineering Life

Research in mice shows promise for treating progeria, a disease that causes rapid aging and early death

Twenty-year-old Michiel Vandeweert was born with progeria, an extremely rare aging condition. Belgium, December 1, 2018. Photo illustration source: Barcroft Media/Getty Images


Electronic medical implants can come with serious security risks


DNA storage could decrease our reliance on energy-intensive data centers

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Errors made while editing could be passed on to future generations


Detecting bioengineering is a fraught task for any organism

Virus illustration.
Virus illustration.
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Reengineering Life

But the technology isn’t reliable enough yet, says a global committee

Scientist He Jiankui at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong on November 28, 2018. Photo source: Anthony Wallace/Getty Images

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