57 mins watch time
Posted October 2021
Virus-free mosquitoes, resurrected dinosaurs, designer humans. Such is the power of the science of tomorrow. But humans manipulating the natural world is not a recent phenomenon. Beth Shapiro reveals how we’ve been meddling with nature for over 12,000 years, since the last ice age. It’s just that we’re getting better at it – a lot better. Drawing on decades of research and cutting-edge technology, Beth tells the story of the surprisingly long history of human intervention in evolution through hunting, domesticating, polluting, hybridizing, conserving and genetically modifying life on Earth.