Biologist: Space Travelers Can Benefit From Genetic Engineering

Biologist: Space Travelers Can Benefit From Genetic Engineering
Genomics pioneer Craig Venter has urged NASA to embrace genetic screening and genetic engineering techniques, to help make human space exploration safer and more efficient. (Image credit: Public Library of Science)


The biologist, who

"I think this

Venter spoke to a

Astronauts with

Genetics techniques

Genes that encode

Genetic screening

"NASA's been

Last summer, the

A new microbiome

At some point down

As an example, he

While humans only

With some tailoring,

"Why not come


Body odor is

Food, fuel and

Other genomics

Venter also raised

The microbe

If scientists can

Engineering humans

"We're trying

Still, Venter said

"I can't think

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at:

Mike Wall
Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.