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Planet Earth

Synthetic biology documentary in the making

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerJanuary 20, 2011 12:50 AM


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I don't usually make pleas on the Loom. It doesn't suit my journalistic nature, and if I make a plug for one cause, it may seem like I am cruelly indifferent to all the other good causes out there. In this case, I'll just fall back on self-interest! A few weeks back two young film-makers, Sam Gaty and George Costakis, stopped by my house to interview me about synthetic biology for a documentary they're making on the subject. They've been filming across the country for the movie, but it won't finished in time for next year's Sundance unless they can raise a little scratch to get them through the summer. Over at the fund-raising site Kickstarter, Gaty makes the case--and offers a clip about goats making spider silk. If this movie doesn't get made, I end up on the cutting room floor. Oh, the humanity! (Actually, I think the film would be pretty cool without me--but judge for yourself.)

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