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The Genetic Age

Matthew Cobb

60 mins watch time

Posted September 2022


A new gene editing technology has turned humanity into gods. Enabling us to manipulate the genes in virtually any organism with exquisite precision, CRISPR has given scientists a degree of control that was undreamt of even in science fiction. But CRISPR is just the latest, giant leap in a long journey to master genetics. Placing each phase of discovery, anticipation and fear in the context of over fifty years of attempts to master the natural world, Matthew Cobb weaves the stories of science, history and culture to shed new light on our future.