TED Talk Thursday – Lisa Nip: How humans could evolve to survive in space

According to TED.com: “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.’ ”

“Lisa Nip’s work focuses on how we can use synthetic biology to allow humanity to explore space.”

“Lisa Nip is a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab’s Molecular Machines group. She uses her training in biochemistry and biotechnology to translate synthetic biology into real-world applications. She spends much of her time concocting biological solutions to long-duration space travel and works to make them a reality. ”

“Nip was trained as a biochemist at Boston University, and previously did research in the Douglas Lab at UCSF and the Church Lab in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School.”

Enjoy this thought provoking talk.

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”


I look forward to your thoughts and comments!