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Playing God

Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 7 of 15

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.

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1 hour

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Mon 29 Aug 2016 01:05

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterAdam Rutherford
DirectorMatthew Dyas
Executive ProducerAidan Laverty
WriterMatthew Dyas

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