On the latest episode of my podcast, Books and Ideas , I talk with Lee M Silver about his recent book,Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life. We discuss the confrontation of Faith and Biotechnology. His book is an in depth anaylsis of some of the key issues such as embryonic stem cell research and genetic engineering (including the genetic modification of crops). He also observes that faith in "Mother Earth" underlies those who tout organic farming and "natural" medicine over the use of biotechnology.

I learned a lot from Dr. Silver's book and I appreciate his taking the time to be on my podcast. He has some great videos on his website and you can read his blog here on Scientific Blogging.