Episode 38 Evolution and Synthetic Biology
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If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? This is the most common question associated with misunderstandings in the concepts of evolution. So what is evolution? What are the misunderstandings surrounding the subject? How does the whole monkey thing work? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they talk again with synthetic biologist Dr. Sonya Iverson about the misconceptions and mysteries surrounding evolution.


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