Playing God (Horizon)

These goats have been genetically engineered to produce spider silk in their milk

These goats have been genetically engineered to produce spider silk in their milk

Broadcaster: BBC2

Year: 2012

Genre: Factual

http://bobnational.net/record/253244

This excellent episode from the 2012 series of the BBC science programme Horizon looks at the emerging field of synthetic biology. Presenter Adam Rutherford conducts a tour round some of the key developments:

  • Transgenic goats that produce silk protein in their milk;
  • “Synthia” the bacteria assembled from an emptied cell and DNA ordered over the internet;
  • Specially constructed gene modules known as “Biobricks” and the associated international genetically engineered machines (iGEM) competition;
  • Biodiesel production;
  • Bioterrorism;
  • DIY biology (“Biohacking”);
  • Nanotube biocapsules; and
  • Synthetic neurobiology.

There is a longer post about the ethical aspects of this episode on the sister-blog Bioethicsbytes. Summary notes, with timings, are here.

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