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Future Space Missions and Human Enhancement: Medical and Ethical Challenges

Szocik, K; Shelhamer, M; Braddock, M; Cucinotta, FA; Impey, C; Worden, P; Peters, T; ... Munévar, G; + view all (2021) Future Space Missions and Human Enhancement: Medical and Ethical Challenges. Futures , 133 , Article 102819. 10.1016/j.futures.2021.102819. Green open access

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Abstract

Future human space missions to Mars and beyond may be realized for different research, economic, political or survival reasons. Since space remains a hazardous environment for humans, space exploration and exploitation requires the development and deployment of effective countermeasures. In this paper, we discuss prospects for human enhancement by gene editing, synthetic biology, or implants, for the purposes of future space missions. We argue that there are good reasons to consider such options, and that ethical arguments can be made in favor of human enhancement to enable long-term space exploration.

Type: Article
Title: Future Space Missions and Human Enhancement: Medical and Ethical Challenges
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2021.102819
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102819
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. under a Creative Commons license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Space missions, Space settlement, Human enhancement, Gene editing, CRISPR, Synthetic biology, Bioethics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10132975
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