Using Synthetic Biology to Engineer Life to Survive on Mars and Aid Human Colonization | The Truth Behind the Headlines |
A team of undergraduates from Stanford and Brown universities are applying synthetic biology to space exploration, outfitting microbes to survive extreme Martian conditions and produce resources needed to sustain a human colony.


Cool stuff, but until we figure out how to get Mars a magnetic field you won't be terra-forming it anytime soon.  If it did support life at one point it doesn't now and because without a magnetic field there's nothing to protect the atmosphere from being stripped off by solar wind.


There has to be more to this story than that then.



Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald