Ex-NASA scientists hoping to create a generation of SUPER HUMANS | Science | News

Last month, Dr Josiah Zayner, a former NASA researcher and biochemist, hit the headlines after he became the first person to edit his DNA.

Dr Zayner removed a protein that inhibits muscle growth in a bid to gain super strength.

However, he says that tests in animals have not shown any real results until six months after the experiments.

Dr Zayner said: “In similar experiments with animals, you only start to see results after four to six months of treatment. 

“I would expect that the DNA in some of the cells of my arm has changed, but I am still working on developing assays [tests] to try and detect that.”

Now, the 36-year old is claiming humans are “slaves to the genome” but that will soon be a thing of the past as gene editing will soon become the norm and will usher in a generation of super humans.

Dr Zayner told the Guardian: “I imagine people going to some place like a tattoo parlour, and instead of getting a tattoo they pick out some DNA that makes them muscly, or changes the colour of their hair or eyes.

“DNA defines what a species is, and I imagine it wouldn’t be too long into the future when the human species almost becomes a new species because of these modifications.

“We have always been slaves to the genomes we have, and giving people the ability to change that almost changes what it means to be human.

“It seems so sci-fi and made up, but we’ve been genetically modifying humans with gene therapy since the 1990s – it’s just been very few people and for medical reasons. I want to help humans genetically modify themselves.”

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