Synthetic biology is a process that allows the re-engineering of cells. It has potential applications in everything from healthcare to agriculture. Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Synthetic Biology is a process that allows the re-engineering of cells in everything from humans to plants and even mosquitoes. It allows scientists to manipulate DNA to make nature do things it wouldn't naturally, for example mosquitoes that don't pass on malaria. But it has applications in healthcare, agriculture and could even stop our reliance on oil. This is why the UK government is investing heavily in the science as they believe it could be worth around 400 billion. Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of Synthetic Biology.