9 Jun 2023

Michael Spector: The promise of the biotechnology revolution

From Nine To Noon, 10:16 am on 9 June 2023

Science writer Michael Spector isn't alone in thinking the Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in dramatic and lasting change across the world - he just thinks most of us have overlooked what could be the greatest scientific development in the history of humanity.

In his new audiobook Higher Animals: Vaccines, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Life, he explores how mRNA vaccines have transformed the scientific landscape and helped spark a biotechnology revolution. He also believes we have only just scratched the surface of what the technology is capable of.

He talks to Kathryn about the many ways the technology is going to change the way we live and how we need to safeguard against it's potential misuse.