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“How can we optimize ourselves personally to live the happiest, healthiest, longest lives possible? What does that look like? What are ethical ways of doing that? What are unethical ways of doing that? Where are the slippery slopes?”
Those are the sorts of questions that Wired co-founder Jane Metcalfe is exploring at Neo.Life, an online magazine that both chronicles and informs “the early adopters of the Neobiological Revolution.” Lushly illustrated and beautifully designed, recent articles include “I Study the Female Brain. Here’s What ‘The Female Brain’ Gets Wrong”, “Get Ready for Same-Sex Reproduction,” and “Will a $5,000 Checkup Save Your Life?”
“The basis of Neo.Life,” Metcalfe tells Reason’s Nick Gillespie, “is that computer science and engineering thinking have invaded biology….How do we think about human life differently if we start thinking about ‘code’?”
If you’re interested in the pioneers, dreamers, and tinkerers who are trying not just to edit a few genes but to overhaul the entire human “operating system,” cure their own cancer when doctors have given up, and bring back the wooly mammoth, Neo.Life is a must-read.
Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Paul Detrick. Shot by Detrick, Zach Weissmuller and Justin Monticello.
Photo of Craig Venter, Credit: K.C. Alfred/ZUMA Press/Newscom
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