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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Thanks to selective breeding over the course of some 9,000 years, humans were able to transform an ancient wild grass with dinky cobs and a handful…

Reengineering Life

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Under a microscope, the little balls of cells look like five-day-old human embryos, known as blastocysts. They’re similar in size, shape, and structure. They even have…

Reengineering Life

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

A black-footed ferret named Willa died more than 30 years ago, but now her DNA lives on through her clone, Elizabeth Ann. Black-footed ferrets are one…

Reengineering Life

Brain organoids created by Alysson Muotri’s lab. Photo illustration; Image source: UC San Diego Health Sciences

Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

To study how the human brain evolved, scientists have relied on fossilized skulls from our ancient ancestors. These have given us clues about how we differ…

Reengineering Life

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

In 2015, a report by a group called the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, made up of former members of Congress and past government appointees, warned that…

Reengineering Life

Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

At a press conference on January 16, four days before his inauguration, incoming President Joe Biden announced the nomination of several members of his White House…

Reengineering Life

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

Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Children who are born with a rare genetic disease called progeria tragically live, on average, only until their mid-teens, though they look much older. Their bodies…

Reengineering Life

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Reengineering Life is a column from Future Human about the ways humans are using biology to reprogram our bodies and the world around us.

Every day in the United States, 17 people die waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. To address this crisis, one biotech company is turning to an…

REENGINEERING LIFE

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Reengineering Life is a series from Future Human about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

China has reportedly conducted tests on members of its armed forces in hopes of developing soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities,” according to John Ratcliffe, the United States’ top…

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