Synthetic organisms may come in handy for space travel and colonization, says graduate student John Cumbers from NASA's Ames Research Center. He tells Astrobiology Magazine that synthetic organisms could help cut down on what astronauts would have to pack. "If we have this new technology where we can take the complete genome of an organism and send it into space — and can have that single cell replicate from the resources it finds around it rather than resources we've taken with us — then we've started to tackle the problem," Cumbers says.
Synthetic Organisms in Space
Sep 24, 2010