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Molecular and synthetic biology have made better tools for the understanding of our bodies, the treatment of human diseases, the production of our food sources, and the engineering of life on Earth. How can we transform and implement these methods in the preparation for our species’s necessary voyage to space within and beyond our solar system? What moral and scientific barriers must we overcome to augment human capacity for space travel? In considering the limitations of our species’s abilities and the environmental situations we might expect to find in space, why and how should we use synthetic biology to aid our forays into the rest of the universe?
Lisa Nip is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab and uses her training in biochemistry and biotechnology to translate synthetic biology into real-world applications. She spends much of her time concocting biological solutions to long-duration space travel and works to make them a reality.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx