A "Post-Human" Future?

While many observers recognize that human biotechnologies can pose serious risks to individuals and society, others deny or downplay these challenges. Some embrace a vision of a “post-human” or “transhumanist” future where people will be so dramatically transformed that they are no longer human. While this is a marginal view, transhumanist advocates are vocal proponents of “enhancing” physical and cognitive abilities though genetic modification as well as implants and other surgeries, in hopes of transcending aspects of the human condition like aging and dying. From their perspective, the fact that many applications of biotechnologies for these purposes would likely exacerbate existing inequalities is typically of little concern.


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In a few short years, the parents of a newborn will know the baby’s full genome — every last secret buried in the bawling kid’s genetic code.

And in a few years, we will be good enough to reliably edit...

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A CBS News story reports an attempt by the biohacker Josiah Zayner to genetically modify himself to have bigger muscles, using the CRISPR genome-editing tool. 

It seems that Zayner tried to alter his DNA by injecting his forearm with a...

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“What we’ve got here is some DNA, and this is a syringe,” Josiah Zayner tells a room full of synthetic...

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The battle between sports cheats and testers is poised to enter a whole new arena. The World Anti-Doping Agency has...

A traffic light appears yellow to signify caution (rather than a green go, and a red stop)

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Silhouette of a baby. The baby's back is turned away from the camera, facing a window with sunlight. A rubber duck and several other toys are placed on the baby's side.

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A genome sequence printed inside of a book.

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A clock's edges are shown spiraling into several other clocks.

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