Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms

January 6, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Despite criticism, some researchers are attempting to grow human organs for transplant in animal embryos, an ethical grey area which, while potentially extremely beneficial for individuals needing organ transplants, could blur the line between species by adding human cells to animal...

Get Ready for the World’s First Cyborg Olympics

December 18, 2015: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. The first ever bioenhanced Olympics, known as the Cybathlon, will take place in Zurich in October 2016. Athletes will use advanced technologies to compensate for disabilities like paralysis and limb amputation, raising issues of identity, competition, and the future of sports as technologies of this kind become increasingly...

Bionic Eye Sends Images Directly to the Brain

December 18, 2015: Read article in Discovery News. Researchers at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria, have developed a bionic eye, incorporating glasses, a pocket-sized transmitter, and a chip implanted in the brain. This device will allow the blind to see, and similar designs could permit non-blind individuals to enhance their...

Researchers Take a Step Toward Vocal Cord Transplants

November 18, 2015: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have created genetically engineered vocal cords in a lab, a process which could eventually be used to replace damaged vocal cords in humans and potentially alter individuals’ vocal...

Is Biotechnology ‘Natural’? Depends How You Define Nature

November 13, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. It seems that we are definitely heading towards the bio-based society, a new way of interacting with the environment where fossil fuels won’t be needed anymore and “more natural” processes for producing energy, food and materials will prevail. Remarkably, this bio-turn often involves highly advanced biotechnology and strict competitive targets, both facts that challenge our general understanding of what a “more natural way of doing things”...

Nature and Technology Are Merging. What Does That Mean for Sustainability?

November 3, 2015: Read article in Grist. Excerpt: “The line between biology and technology is beginning to blur, and it could mean the beginning of a new industrial revolution…So, whether or not we’re heading into the next industrial revolution, what we really need is an industrial evolution — a new and better way to develop emerging technologies so that we’re better adapted for life on this planet. And we need a new breed of conscientious technologists to lead the...