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Playing God

Written by Von

What if we could break down nature and use the parts to rebuild it however we saw fit? That is the aim of a new field of scientific research, synthetic biology. BBC Horizon documentary Playing God explores the subject, delving into the incredible possibilities it could unlock.

From breeding goats that are born with spider silk genes to creating completely synthetic life printed from a computer, synthetic biology allows us to literally program living organisms. The hour long documentary explores the current and future uses of synthetic biology, the growth of the technology involved and the moral dilemmas this astonishing level of control over nature could cause.