Playing God

Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists, the spider-goat. It is part goat, part spider, and its milk can be used to create artificial spider’s web.

It is part of a new field of research, synthetic biology, with a radical aim: to break down nature into spare parts so that we can rebuild it however we please. This technology is already being used to make bio-diesel to power cars. Other researchers are looking at how we might, one day, control human emotions by sending ‘biological machines’ into our brains.

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  • Andreas

    Oh, no! What would happen if diesel-yeast and jellyfish-bacteria got out of the lab?!? PANIC, PEOPLE!!

  • thatguy

    why is this posted under “crime”???

    • Mark4091

      My thoughts exactly. It’s truly amazing stuff.

    • http://www.documentaryheaven.com Danny

      haha whoops my bad, changing it now. thanks for letting me know. Was going to post a different documentary but then posted this one and I forgot to change the categories

      • Greg

         Why change it? It was the proper category. Genetic engineering is definitely a crime.

  • Aldjk

    that’s not synthetic biology.  synthetic biology concerns creating fully synthetic life that’s not based on natural life.  this docu is about genetic engineering.  a more extreme version of what’s discussed would be creating chimeras.

  • Acquavallo

    All of this is so exiting! I want diesel-yeast for myself, so cool! I can’t wait for the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wilmer-Donkor/100001932300711 Wilmer Donkor

    ok i have to say that the match comparison was pretty weak… ant the wining about ethics also gets annoying. if there’s regulation there’s nothing else to talk about except the potential of progress for human kind.

  • ah what is wrong ppl

    this kinda research is so retarded. ever heard of the butterfly effect? look i have one word that can honestly solve all the problems the people are trying to answer by all this genetic engineering, its called CANNABIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Davey

      More genetic engineering has gone into growing cannabis than almost any plant you can think of!

      • not

        Lots of intensive breeding has gone into cannabis, but most if not all the cannabis you find out there will have no genetic engineering. The earliest mention of genetically engineered cannabis only appeared in the year 2000, and only Monsanto hemp seeds seem to be manipulated.

    • Another stoner

      Shh! You’re making us look bad.

      • http://twitter.com/MY002CENTS Abubakr Rono

        no we are brilliant

  • Rdalmas

    This power is already abused. More than evident in the inequality that exists within this world, where money determines who lives and who dies.

  • Rdalmas

    Ironically, Brave New World was written to warn of the abuse inherent in the science/chemical industry. So your reference to Brave New World was appropriate, but the inference was one of support. yet this world ( and this practice) abuses life and does not support life, and has not supported life since the publication of Brave New World.
    Man needs to find it within himself to support life FIRST, to create a dignified life for all before altering what is here. That we have not proven ourselves able to care for all life and provide a decent living for all that is here is an indication that we have not learned to use discoveries in a way that is best for all. And there are no excuses.
    It is time to dismantle the hierarchy of capitalism and create a basic income grant, and a system of equality, which can be done in an organized manner.
    Let’s create stability for all, stop and do this here, get ourselves in total/absolute order.
    Vote for an Equal Money System. Show you are capable and worthy of life.

    • naturallaw101

      So equally miserable to you is more important then individual success.  Communism DOES NOT work. It is a theory of how to acheive perfection in society on Earth.  I’ll clue you in..perfection is only possible with God in Heaven.  You’re inadvertently trying to create your “heaven” on Earth, when what you should be doing is living in a way to get you to Heaven. 
      And by the way, We are ALL worthy of life which is an unalienable right.  What do you propose we do with the un-worthy?  Nevermind, I think your anwser will scare the hell out of me.  God bless.

      • blah

        i thought Christ said the kingdom of heaven lies within you

      • PickMyName

        naturallawlol, since you are the one who mentioned the “un-worthy”, what is your proposal for this group you invented? And who chooses who is worthy — hopefully not someone who hasn’t gotten past the “survival of the fittest” mentality.

  • Ak47

    Science fiction may well be inspiring, but it is still fiction…this isn’t, but it can be just as scary as science fiction. Spider-goats can produce a fiber that is stronger than kevlar and they can produce it in their milk. Goat’s milk has been highly prized for it’s non-allergenic properties and high nutritional count. Spiders on the other hand have not been prized for anything other than scaring little girls, which I feel is in poor taste. How will this combination of DNA affect the taste of the milk and it’s non-allergenic properties and how will it affect the lives of goat farmers across the world? This fiber is stronger than kevlar, but how much is made from kevlar besides bullet-proof vests and do we need more bullet-proof vests?…I suppose that’s why so many terrorists came from a society of many goat herders…

  • http://twitter.com/BalkanExpress T.

    Great topic.  But the host KILLED it with his repetitive stupid commentary.  

  • Gbub

    Hemp does all that, just in a pure natural way. Why act God, when he created it for I and You already? 
    Bible was intially made with hemp, so were the inks. Not trees and not oil. Why use dead sources for energy, why use computerized sources for energy. Use a live, reusable and restainable and reproductive plant. Will fuel cars, home insulation, clothing, even stronger than steal… and it’s a plant. Jesus was a hippy, his slayer was not, we are hippys, government are not.

  • darwind

    Spider goat, Spider Goat. Does whatever a spider goat does.  Spins a web any size. Look out man it’s got Xray eyes. Oh yaaaaaa here comes the spider goat. 

  • Carlito04

    Simply Brilliant. Wish i could take part on this?

    By the way: Nice argument Naturallaw101.

  • jbhh

    “Other researchers are looking at how we might, one day, control human emotions by sending ‘biological machines’ into our brains.” WTF?!I like my emotions the way they are, it’s what makes me an individual and human. Get you drones elsewhere please…

  • http://www.sourceoforigin.com Hubert

    Maybe if you watch the movie Splice, it will make you think twice 

  • Krisverwimp

    Now see Atlantis, Alien Visitation and Genetic Manipulation and realise how much more realistic Michael Tsarion’s philosophy is with this technology being shared to the public!

    What if the governments of our world create a alien looking thing and say it is our enemy and we have to defend ourselves, and with it create an even LONGER/BIGGER war then the Vietnam/Terror one for their profit? Scary technology when in the wrong hands………….

  • http://yahoo David

    From what I’ve watched in the mystery category these are exactly the sorts of research the greys, Reticulans, Archons, whatever, are performing on us. We are in the petrie dish. Our government, under Eisenhower, pretty much surrendered to them as we have no realistic way of stopping them. Not saying I buy all this but it raises the questions; Do we have the right in the first place? Who gets to decide and who gets to do it? Should it be done for planetary security? If we do, are we no better than they? Hypothetically speaking, of course.
    As knowledge arrives Pandora’s box multiplies.

  • Bree

    Chickienobs is next.

  • Bree

    *are. I meant are. Where’s the damn edit button?

  • Um

    This is B.S. Proven, they are just looking for grant money to try to develop this process, it doesn’t actually exist.

  • Munn