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Playing God

Episode 7 of 15

Adam Rutherford meets the spider-goat, created by scientists and the product of a new field of research - synthetic biology.

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 an 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.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Adam Rutherford
Director Matthew Dyas
Executive Producer Aidan Laverty
Writer Matthew Dyas

Broadcasts

  • Tue 17 Jan 2012 21:30
  • Fri 20 Jan 2012 23:30
  • Wed 22 Feb 2012 02:30
  • Wed 29 Feb 2012 00:00
  • Tue 20 Jan 2015 00:20
  • Sun 30 Aug 2015 20:00
  • Wed 2 Sep 2015 00:20
  • Mon 29 Aug 2016 01:05