The ethics of inventing new life with synthetic biology

The ethics of inventing new life with synthetic biology

The ethics of inventing new life with synthetic biology

Updated 26 March 2012, 13:26 AEDT

Humanity has begun a new era in scientific exploration in which the invention of new life forms is now possible. Synthetic biology, as it's known, involves the design and construction of new life not found in nature.

Those in favour of the technology say it offers solutions to everything from fuel shortages to a cure for malaria, and those against say it's playing god and is a very dangerous path to be going down.

Robert Speight, Business Manager at Queensland University's Systems and Synthetic Biology Group, Dr Matthew Rimmer from the ANU College of Law and  Bob Phelps Executive Director of Gene Ethics join Phil Kafcaloudes for an exploration of the issues.

 

Presenter: Phil Kafcaloudes.

Speakers: Dr Matthew Rimmer, Bob Phelps and Robert Speight.

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