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Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Ed Byrne and science writers Adam Rutherford and Philip Ball to talk about science's quest to create life.

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by guests Ed Byrne, Adam Rutherford and Philip Ball to talk about science's quest to create life. From the medieval alchemists' recipe for creating an homunculus through to IVF, cloning and the current cutting edge science working on creating artificial DNA, the quest to create life is an age-old one, but with modern scientific techniques now a reality. Viewed by many as deeply suspicious, even heretical, creation of life is one of the key ideas that generates distrust in science, but is this fair and are we really entering a brave new world where life is no longer in nature's hands.

Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Presenters: Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

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  • Mon 17 Dec 2012 16:30
  • Tue 18 Dec 2012 23:00

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