Read a Harvard geneticist's plan for redesigning humans

Professor George Church creates a gene "wishlist" that can lead to superhuman abilities.

  • Harvard geneticist George Church makes a list of genes that could be modified to enhance human abilities.
  • The list tracks both positive and negative effects.
  • Redesigning humans can lead to posthumans or transhumans.
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A man-made embryo shows how a stem cell finds its role

A unique 3D model allows researchers to explore embryonic development.

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  • Researchers observe the beginning of embryonic stem cells dividing into upper and lower body sections.
  • An interdisciplinary team invents an impressively accurate 10-day-old "embryoid."
  • The team's model may be important to other future research on pregnancy.
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  • MIT-affiliated researchers develop a hypersensitive glove that can capture the way in which we handle objects.
  • The data captured by the glove can be "learned" by a neural net.
  • Smart tactile interaction will be invaluable when A.I.-based robots start to interact with objects — and us.
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Forget the Anthropocene: We’ve entered the synthetic age

Synthetic biology is changing the way the planet works.

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One fact about our time is becoming increasingly well-known. No matter how far you travel, no matter in which direction you point, there is nowhere on Earth that remains free from the traces of human activity.

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New study: Melanin conducts enough electricity to enable implantable electronics

What gives us color now may give rise to our cyborg future.

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  • Eumelanin is a mildly conductive type of melanin that produces dark pigmentation in hair, eyes, and skin.
  • Researchers have just found a way to boost its conductivity without adding foreign materials.
  • Eulemanin may be useable as a coating for implanted devices the body won't reject.
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