DARPA Wants To Create New Forms Of Life To Terraform Mars

mars-lifeMany scientists believe that space colonization will ultimately be the solution to a dying Earth; most recently, Stephen Hawking claimed that humanity would need to start colonizing other planets within the next 1,000 years. Mars is arguably the most prominent candidate for colonization, as it is known to have been host to running liquid water in the relatively recent past. Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to the future of Mars colonization, and aims to genetically engineer organisms that can transform Mars into an Earth-like planet. “For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not just to visit, but to stay,” Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office said at a recent biotech conference.Read Article

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