Saturday, January 28, 2012

Playing God (BBC Horizon)

Playing God is a BBC Horizon documentary presented by Adam Rutherford, looking at how US scientists created a new species called the spider-goat. Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists, the spider-goat. It is part goat, part spider, and its milk can be used to create artificial spider's web. It is part of a new field of research, synthetic biology, with a radical aim: to break down nature into spare parts so that we can rebuild it however we please. This technology is already being used to make bio-diesel to power cars. Other researchers are looking at how we might, one day, control human emotions by sending 'biological machines' into our brains.

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