March 27th, 2012 | Category: Audio, Beginner's Guides, Ethics, Media coverage, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Synthetic Biology on R4’s Today

The BBC’s David Shukman reports on Synthetic Biology on the Today program (7:40 time slot).

One of Britain’s top research priorities is in the extraordinary new field of what’s called “synthetic biology” where scientists design and create artificial DNA to produce everything from medicines to fuels to materials. The government hopes it will play an important part in economic growth while environmental campaigners warn of the risks of creating artificially-engineered organisms. Science editor David Shukman reports.

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