ELSEWHERE: Artists Continue Pushing The Boundaries Of What It Means To Be Human

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece about Marion Laval-Jeantet, a French artist who injected herself with horse blood plasma in order to explore "trans-species relationships." Laval-Jeantet isn't the only artist working in this area and using their body as an artistic medium, though. Here's a list of 7 "bio-artists" who explore, sometimes in disturbing ways, such topics as human enhancement, post-genderism, social concepts of beauty, and genetic manipulation. And in the process, they can challenge m … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Surprise, Your Brother Is Actually Your Uncle!

That's the sort of discovery one could make when one starts getting their DNA scanned, as one woman recently discovered. DNA scans can reveal useful medical information, such as one's likelihood to develop Alzheimer's. But they can also turn up unforeseen information about parentage, which adds to the increasing fluidity of today's families, for better or worse. … [Read more...]

Ethical Dilemmas Arise When You Turn Science Fiction into Reality

Genetic Research

Once again, something that was formerly in the domain of science fiction has crossed the line over into reality. But in this case, that's not the only line that has been crossed.NPR recently reported that geneticists at the Oregon Health & Science University had created an embryo containing genetic material from three individuals as part of research aimed at curing genetic diseases caused by defective mitochondrial DNA. The geneticists located the bad DNA in unfertilized eggs, replaced it … [Read more...]


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