|Title:||The next 500 years : engineering life to reach new worlds /|
|Authors:||Christopher E. Mason, Author|
|Publisher:||Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 2021|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-262-04440-0|
|Size:||xiv, 280 p. / illustrations (some colors) / 24 cm|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Genomics ; Human genetics ; Manned spaceflight ; Outer space--Exploration|
An argument that we have a moral duty to explore other planets and solar systems--because human life on Earth has an expiration date.
Inevitably, life on Earth will come to an end, whether by climate disaster, cataclysmic war, or the death of the sun in a few billion years. To avoid extinction, we will have to find a new home planet, perhaps even a new solar system, to inhabit. In this provocative and fascinating book, Christopher Mason argues that we have a moral duty to do just that. As the only species aware that life on Earth has an expiration date, we have a responsibility to act as the shepherd of life-forms--not only for our species but for all species on which we depend and for those still to come (by accidental or designed evolution). Mason argues that the same capacity for ingenuity that has enabled us to build rockets and land on other planets can be applied to redesigning biology so that we can sustainably inhabit those planets. And he lays out a 500-year plan for undertaking the massively ambitious project of reengineering human genetics for life on other worlds.
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|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|014217||RC1150.M37 2021||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Main collection||Due for return by 06/06/2022|