NASA Considers Altering Astronaut DNA For Mars

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NASA wants to manipulate the DNA of its astronauts headed to Mars to protect them from cancer-causing cosmic radiation.

NASA plans to send its first manned mission to Mars between 2030 and 2040 but still faces a number of obstacles before then.

The Mars-bound astronauts will be exposed to high-energy particles and NASA is looking at ways to repair the damage this would do to their DNA. This could include actually altering the astronauts’ genes and genetic activity.

When humans travel beyond the Earth’s magnetic field for prolonged periods, they are exposed to charged atomic nuclei that can rip through DNA and increase the risk of both cancer and dementia.

According to a 2014 study on space radiation risks, astronauts would be exposed to levels of galactic cosmic ray radiation that would exceed their lifetime limit, within just two years, astronauts headed to Mars would be exposed to radiation for at least this time period.

The astronauts could have armor or an electromagnetic force field to protect them, but this is not very practical, Douglas Terrier, NASA’s acting chief technologist, told the Times.

“We’re looking at a range of things, from drug therapies, and those seem to be quite promising, to more extreme things like epigenetic modification,” Terrier said, “I think those have a lot of ethical consequences so they’re still in the experimental thought stages.”

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15 Comments

  1. Louie Simonedi
    Louie Simonedi 11 October, 2017, 21:42

    When they return…they’ll have acid for blood like in Alien movie! Lmao

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  2. Nairb Semenoff
    Nairb Semenoff 11 October, 2017, 21:44

    Blade runner …

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  3. Rod Petro
    Rod Petro 11 October, 2017, 21:55

    Would be the logical thing to do.

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  4. Egidio Franco
    Egidio Franco 11 October, 2017, 22:01

    The Expense in real life :)

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  5. William Allpress
    William Allpress 11 October, 2017, 22:22

    We havent been able to break out frrom the Earth’s atmosphere yet and they continue to keep up this charade

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  6. Paul Hume
    Paul Hume 12 October, 2017, 07:25

    Need to leave low earth orbit first!

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  7. Helder Pimentel
    Helder Pimentel 12 October, 2017, 08:53

    Going to make them hermaphrodites, so they can fuck themselves on the way!
    Anyone who applies to go, should be put in a padded room!

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  8. Govind Thakor
    Govind Thakor 12 October, 2017, 09:18

    Nice mission Mars aliens

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  9. Gerhard Kutt
    Gerhard Kutt 12 October, 2017, 09:18

    No, they need to make sure human beings’ magnetic environment mimics the earth. That is a life and death matter.

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  10. Dana Russell
    Dana Russell 12 October, 2017, 13:56

    Sheeeeeeit! What y’all think big Pharma’s been doing along with Monsanto!!!

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  11. Mark Kulick
    Mark Kulick 12 October, 2017, 16:13

    What cold go wrong…..

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  12. Artemis Arrow
    Artemis Arrow 13 October, 2017, 11:38

    Manipulate human dna with alien dna and you got what xfiles was revealing of part of what is really to come….hybrids…just like they used simpsons and other adult cartoons or movies to show what is to come in the future

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  13. Jennifer Bryant
    Jennifer Bryant 17 October, 2017, 16:42

    That shows the fact Earth is a weird enough planet

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