Lisa Nip

How humans could evolve to survive in space

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If we hope to one day leave Earth and explore the universe, our bodies are going to have to get a lot better at surviving the harsh conditions of space. Using synthetic biology, Lisa Nip hopes to harness special powers from microbes on Earth — such as the ability to withstand radiation — to make humans more fit for exploring space. "We're approaching a time during which we'll have the capacity to decide our own genetic destiny," Nip says. "Augmenting the human body with new abilities is no longer a question of how, but of when."

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Lisa Nip · Synthetic biologist

Lisa Nip's work focuses on how we can use synthetic biology to allow humanity to explore space

Lisa Nip's work focuses on how we can use synthetic biology to allow humanity to explore space