Hacking Darwin • Discoverology

Hacking Darwin

Innovation, Life, Science

We are on the verge of perhaps the greatest innovation in the history of our species — a genetically altered future in which many of us will conceive our offspring in labs. If we want to control this future, now is the time to question what we want it to be.

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Life, Videos

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Health, Life, Psychology

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