Annual Debate 2018: Synthetic Biology

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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Organiser: events@linnean.org; contact@londonevolution.org
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211
Registration: Open (116 places remaining)

EVENING MEETING 18:00–19:00 Thursday 19 April 2018

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In association with the London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN). 

Recent technological advances are allowing scientists to redesign organisms or even build new life forms from scratch. This new developing area of research steps beyond traditional Genetic Modification (GM), to combine science and engineering in what is known as Synthetic Biology. 

Technologies such as CRISPR-Cas are already allowing us to apply GM to a wide range of fields, from pest control to human genome editing. But these potential practical applications are huge, such as bioengineered micromachines/microorganisms that can destroy cancer cells, detect toxic chemicals or produce drugs that are otherwise incredibly difficult to obtain from nature. 

Is society ready for this new discipline? Where should the limits be set? What are the benefits and the risks of these “by-design” organisms?

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.

Event Registration

Annual Debate 2018: Synthetic Biology - FREE (116 places remaining)

Once your Registration has been successfully submitted, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL. Please print it off and bring it with you on the day.

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