What if humans could build cells from scratch, using synthetic materials? It may seem like science fiction, but so-called “synthetic biology” is moving closer to reality. Researchers say it could be used to develop new fuels and life-saving drugs. But others worry about the potential for new bioweapons and runaway diseases. Join Kojo as we look at the promise and risks of this emerging field.

Guests

  • David Rejeski Director, Synthetic Biology Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Sohi Rastegar Director of the Emerging Frontiers In Research and Innovation Program, US National Science Foundation
  • Brent Blackwelder President, Friends of the Earth

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

The Politics Hour – May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18 2018Valerie Ervin steps into Maryland's Gubernatorial race a week after the sudden passing of her running mate Kevin Kamenetz. Councilmember Vincent Gray joins us to talk about his proposal for a two-dollar hike in D.C..

In Tone Deaf Ads, Chocolate City Is Now Whitewashed Washington

Thursday, May 17 2018Washingtonian Magazine's recent marketing campaign advertised shirts that said "I'm Not A Tourist. I Live Here." In a once-predominantly black city that is contending with shifting demographics as well as gentrification, the initial images, which featured no black residents, elicited fury on social media.