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Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by Ed Regis, George Church

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CHAPTER 9

- 1 YR, HOLOCENE

From Personal Genomes to Immortal Human Components

The Holocene epoch has lasted from about 10,000 years ago to the present. During this period human civilization as we know it arose and blossomed. One of the most important elements of civilization, across all cultures, times, and regions, has been the development of medicine, a system of beliefs intended to explain and influence the course of the main stages and changes that characterize human life: birth, death, health, and disease. Back in the most ancient eras, these events and conditions were often regarded as the work of spirits, demons, gods, and various astral ...

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