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Growing Synthetics [electronic resource]

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Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Biogeneticists are engineering new yeasts and fungi as well as entirely new growing methods, and in the process are giving a new definition to the word "natural." If yeasts and fungi can turn decaying wood into sugar, why should humans not be able to grow ethanol cheaply and efficiently? This program follows the course of the research into the artificial culture of natural trees, as well as new methods of accelerating plant propagation and growth. The program demonstrates how extraordinarily effective gene-spliced bacteria can be-but how, if a mistake is made somewhere or somehow, we know of no way to undo the combination and bring the menacing new creation back into the test tube.
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27 min.
12 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 19, 2008.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
The Life Revolution: On the Frontier of Biogenetic Engineering
Life revolution
  • Fungi, Enzymes, and Sugars (3:33)
  • Fungi, Enzymes, and Oil Crisis (1:56)
  • Ethanol: Benefits and How It Is Made (3:19)
  • Ethanol Byproduct: Lignin (3:49)
  • Biotechnology vs. Natural Food Production (4:19)
  • Microorganisms Produce Proteins (4:05)
  • Mammalian Cells: Protein Secretors (1:36)
  • Animals with Human Genes: Biotechnology Breakthrough (1:45)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2008].
Publisher no.
  • 33043s Films Media Group
  • 33051 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (27 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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