Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Documentary: Playing God

"Playing God"
A BBC Documentary About Genetic Engineering

With great power comes great responsibility. Join Adam Rutherford in this full-hour exploration of the progress and perils of our ability to cut and splice the very fabric of life on command.

“Life itself has become a programmable machine.”

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, maybe, but genes  can be synthesized, cut and glued back together with such ease that a first-week undergrad can do it. And where the genetic engineering of yesterday was all about putting a gene or two from one organism into another, the ease and cheapness of manipulating the tools of synthetic biology create an infinite pool of possibilities for completely human-designed life forms.

Scientists will need to have open discussions. Nonscientists will have to be part of that discussion. This documentary is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know where the future of synthetic biology is headed.

Via: EvolutionDocumentary

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