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(Human-Inflected) Evolution in an Age of (Human-Induced) Extinction: Synthetic Biology Meets the Anthropocene
At the advent of the Anthropocene, life is being pushed to its limits the world over; we are currently living through the Sixth Mass Extinction to occur since multicellular life first emerged on the planet 570 million years ago. Evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson sums up this push in the opening gambit of his book The Future of Life: "the race is now on between the techno-scientific forces that are destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save it". Contra Wilson,doi:10.3390/h9040126 fatcat:2kya5tevxvfwjlf4gc35t4mu6y