Rethinking what makes us, us: engineers and amputees working together to disrupt the human form?

A great pair of articles by way of Gizmodo’s Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week we explore re-engineering the human body.

  • More and more amputees, engineers, and would-be cyborgs are rejecting the notion that the average human body is necessarily the best blueprint. With technology, we can now do a lot more than what’s biologically possible. A fascinating read on the people now experimenting with—and trying to improve—the human form. [The Atlantic]
  • A measured look at the promises and deliveries of the genomics age by veteran science reporter David Dobbs. After billions of dollars and seemingly endless hype about the revolutionary medicines genomics will bring, we still know astoundingly little about the factors underlaying our traits and our health. And that’s a problem, because big genomics doesn’t seem to want to stop making grandiose promises. [Buzzfeed]

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