'Evolution Right Now Is in the Marketplace'

September 13, 2014 3:08 AM

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'Evolution Right Now Is in the Marketplace'

In the future Dr Church sees a world in which individuals tinker with their DNA to eliminate diseases, give their offspring extra abilities or simply to look more attractive. ... To travel beyond the Earth, astronauts could also have their bodies altered to give them a better chance of surviving the journey. They could be genetically engineered to resist radiation and osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones which would result from prolonged weightlessness. Those that remain on Earth could be altered to reduce their carbon footprint [by making] people smaller.

Church also endorses the concept of "backing up my brain into another that I have in my back-pack" and, smiling, suggests that things people "think are a million years away or never, are actually four years away."

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