Genetic Enhancement Brings Mars Colonization One Step Ahead

Cooperation is the word that unites all the existing space agencies towards one objective: sending a crewed mission to the surface of the Red Planet. This impressive goal aims to conduct extensive research of the neighboring planet, which would bring the humanity one step ahead towards understanding the formation and evolution of the vast Universe.

Unfortunately, this mission is no easy task, given the fact that the astronauts will most likely be exposed to an infinite level of radiation, as well as bone-wasting microgravity and many other unknown implications. However, NASA’s officials have declared that the pioneers will probably come back on Earth in relatively good health.

Nonetheless, it might be the case that some of them would not choose to come back on Earth. Therefore, should we desire to create a safe and secure living environment on the Red Planet and any other faraway planet, it is of utmost importance to create a basic blueprint, as claimed by experts.

Advanced technologies, including genetic engineering, are the base, helping to create an environment in which people can conduct their day-to-day activities, such as work and leisure behaviors, where they can create their families and live happily. In the meantime, crewed interplanetary missions are not possible at the moment, but the researchers are confident that this goal will be achieved in the upcoming years.

Scientists have already managed to inject genes from tardigrades into human cells, in a specially designed laboratory. Therefore, this discovery shows that genetic enhancement will soon be part of our day-to-day lives. The principal characteristic of these genes is that they are capable of increasing the resistance of a certain corpse against the enormous amounts of radiation.

In addition to this, protecting the astronauts using genetically enhancement might not be as strange as it sounds. For example, not only NASA but also many other space agencies are currently protecting their astronauts with the help of medicines.

This article was originally published on Space.com.

Melanie J. Gullett
Melanie is one of our most experienced contributors. With ten years of experience in this domain, Melanie covers topics related to health, movies, TV series, and more.