033 - Synthetic Biology: Extracting Useful Traits or Even Creating New Life from Whole Cloth

In this week's episode of the Beta Sandwich Science Podcast Scott and the team discuss Synthetic Biology and what it means for the future of genetic manipulation.  Scientists like Craig Venter are the verge of creating new life from scratch while others are seeking to transfer the most useful traits from animals to other species.   In 'Science Blast' we discuss: How caffeine helps new memories to implant better; how getting people to research Leishmaniasis is difficult even though funding is available; and...bad news for people who drink a lot of alcohol, your brain gets older faster than everyone else.