Dan Rather Reports

Season 8 Episode 5

The Cutting Edge

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2012 on HDNet
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The Cutting Edge
(2/5/2013) Imagine what it would be like if we could create a microorganism that would clean up pollution, or a new kind of algae that produces jet fuel. What if we could program cells to fight disease? Synthetic biologists are predicting all of this and more... and some of it is already possible. Synthetic biology is a new field of study that some scientists believe will prove just as important to our society as the technological revolution that brought us personal computers and the Internet. It hinges on one vital element… our accelerating ability to manipulate DNA.moreless

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