Biosecurity for the Age of Redesigned Life

37:05 minutes

Forget dissecting frogs and building potato batteries. High school students today are learning genetic engineering–and some are even redesigning life. Bioethicists and the FBI have taken note and are rethinking biosecurity for the synthetic biology revolution.

Segment Guests

Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett is a journalist and author with the Anthropos Initiative in New York, New York.

Kenneth Oye

Kenneth Oye is the director of MIT’s Program on Emerging Technologies and associate professor of political science and engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Peter Carr

Peter Carr is the director of judging at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) and senior staff and synthetic biology lead at the MIT Lincoln Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Ed You

Ed You is supervisory special agent for the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the Biological Countermeasures Unit in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.