Friday, October 5, 2012

Engineering Life?

Is this a whole new interpretation of urban wilderness? Bio-engineers are experimenting with life forms, even with the creation of life. Is this the salvation of humanity or something much darker? Where will it end?

The story is fascinating, even entertaining, despite its creepiness and moral dubiousness, when told by Radio Lab:

"In a world where biology and engineering intersect, how do you decide what's "natural"?

Biotechnology is making it easier and easier to create new forms of life, but what are the consequences when humans play with life? We travel back to the first billion years of life on Earth, take a look at how modern engineers tinker with living things, and meet a woman who could have been two people."

DNA Double HelixDownload the podcast:
(So-Called) Life.
It's worth a listen.

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