Re: human life in space

From: Alex F. Bokov (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 19:47:07 MDT


On Mon, 1 Oct 2001, Ralph Lewis wrote:

> It seems one limitation to life is due to the double helix DNA structure
> vulnerability to radiation. This is a problem for space travel even within
> the solar system and in deep space must be even a greater problem.
> Has anyone looked at another gene configuration that would result in "human"
> type bodies as we know them. Perhaps a triple double helix that is self
> repairing. Might end evolution though.

Nah, just crank up the glycosidases and other repair enzymes. Cracking
the aging problem should give us plenty of leads on this, the
technologically/economically more distant problem, as
well. Redesigning ourselves at such a fundamental level would take so
much time or such a high tech level IMHO that by that point we'll be
past what we now consider the singularity and therefore will have no
reason to bother.

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