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Transhumanism may emerge further from its obscure philosophical roots to buzzword status as more public figures identify with the concept. Last year, New York magazine published an in-depth profile on Martine Rothblatt, who is CEO of United Therapeutics Corp., and the former founder of Sirius Satellite Radio. Rothblatt, who describes herself as a transhumanist, says she wants to contribute to a future where humans can be free from the annoying limits of human biology. Researchers at her pharmaceutical company are trying to create 3D printed organs that can be seeded with a patient's cells, thus eliminating the need for donor transplants altogether.

There's even a 2016 U.S. presidential candidate running for the so-called Transhumanist Party. Zoltan Istvan, a former endurance athlete, shares little — if any — similarities with his Republican and Democrat counterparts. The No. 1 party goal listed on his party's website is to “implement a Transhumanist Bill of Rights mandating government support of longer lifespans via science and technology."

Even as transhumanism enjoys an uptick i

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