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Could genetics be the key to colonization ?

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Scientists may be able to alter our genes to make the human colonization of other planets more viable.

Professor Stephen Hawking has often suggested that if we are to survive as a species we need to get out in to space and colonize other worlds, but with the difficulties inherent in long distance space travel and the challenges we will meet in surviving on other worlds, is there a way to improve the odds and make the idea of living among the stars a viable one ?

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No doubt about it, our future lies in space, but first we must solve the problems of our rampant overpopulation and climate change. If we do not, then there will be there no future for us - anywhere.

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I say make the Space Travel fit the Human through technology than changing the Human biologicaly for Space Travel.

I will probably be booed, but I feel above average Humans should be used for colonization (If anyone watched "Blade Runner" knows what I mean.)

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Why modify the genes when we can abandon the genes altogether and adopt a mechanical body?

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Say no to Cyborgs Ashyne!

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No I don't believe GM is the key as its too complex and still relatively unknown as to what can really be achieved with it, cosmic radiation immunity I think would be extremely unlikely.

It think maybe more in the line of Avatar, for exploration and Sleeper ships for colonisation, heavily shielded but carrying seeds rather than gestated beings at this stage of the game at least.

But its unlikely in any event as any modern conflict could erupt into a population destroying war or any catastrophic event could reverse progress and population in these times, theres just too many folks concentrated into massive cities, ergo, technological devolvement.

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Genetic modification seems very risky. Perhaps the modified person will achieve a prolonged life span (for the sake of argument, let's say the ability to live up to 300 years), yet will have numerous undesirable traits like severe mental decline or poor impulse control etc as their age increases.

Also, would they breed children specifically for space travel? I'm presuming that genetic modification can only occur in the pre-fetal stage of human development ... correct me if I'm wrong (?). That would be a little disquieting. Such an Age we live in...

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