The question is no longer "can we" but "should we" edit human embryos.
We think of self-actualization as a lofty goal, but research suggests it may just be another way of obeying our biological programming.
- Maslow's hierarchy of needs sets self-actualization apart from many of the "baser" needs, like needing food or belonging.
- However, research in evolutionary psychology suggests that self-actualization may not be so different after all.
- Instead, it may simply be another way of attaining status, ensuring that the self-actualized individual can acquire a mate and care for offspring.
These tests report on more than just your risk for cilantro aversion and your ice-cream flavor preference.
The ultimate goal is to grow organs inside animals that could be transplanted into humans.
- The experiments will involve inserting human stem cells into rat and mouse embryos.
- Some bioethicists are concerned about the potential harm this could inflict upon animals.
- Organ shortages are a problem all over the world. In the U.S., as many as 20 people die every day while waiting for a transplant.
It's strange to think that something that died 76m years ago plays a role in modern ecosystems, but life is opportunistic.