Synthetic Biology - A Brave New World?

Dr Bruce Turnbull

Dr Bruce Turnbull

Recorded on 21 April, 2012.

Published on 17 August, 2012.

Duration 34:27.

Imagine a world in which we could make fuels or pharmaceuticals in the same way we ferment malt to make beer. A world in which materials as strong as steel are made without industrial waste, or artificial viruses can be used to administer anti-cancer drugs without the usual side-effects of chemotherapy. Synthetic biology promises new technologies that could change our lives through the design and construction of new biological parts and devices, and the redesign of existing, natural biological organisms for new purposes.

So, how can we redesign living organisms to perform useful functions? Can we create artificial life in a laboratory? Dr Bruce Turnbull, a synthetic chemical biologist from the University of Leeds will provide an overview of synthetic biology - the possibilities, practicalities, perils and potential profits.

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Dr Bruce Turnbull is a synthetic chemical biologist at the University of Leeds and a Royal Society Fellow.

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