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DNA surrounding planet Earth



Bioengineering for Space

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 11:15 AM - 5:05 PM EST


Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


To successfully travel to Mars, and beyond, bioengineering in the form of gene editing and synthetic biology may be required to overcome our very human limitations. Yet these advancements in science and space exploration cannot be disentangled from several important questions. How might they disrupt our definition of what it means to be human? Who is included in conversations about what advances are necessary for space travel? What are the genetic rights of the lands we seek to inhabit? Join this meeting to hear the latest findings in space biology, intertwined with discussions that contextualize their ethical impact.


Nonmember Academia, Faculty, etc.
Nonmember Corporate, Other
Nonmember Not for Profit
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow

Scientific Organizing Committee

Jef Boeke, PhD

NYU Langone Health

Lisa Carnell, PhD


R. Alta Charo, JD

University of Wisconsin Law School

Dorit Donoviel, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

Christopher Mason, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Nicole Rayl


Sonya Dougal, PhD

New York Academy of Sciences

Kari Fischer, PhD

New York Academy of Sciences

Keynote Speaker

Anousheh Ansari

XPRIZE Foundation

Speakers, Moderators & Panelists

R. Alta Charo, JD

University of Wisconsin Law School

Gioia Massa, PhD


Christopher Mason, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Martine Rothblatt, PhD, JD, MBA

United Therapeutics

John Rummel, PhD

Friday Harbor Partners, LLC

Harris Wang, PhD

Columbia University Medical Center

Mark Weyland, MS