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Petri Dish: Life as We *Don’t* Know It
Wednesday | October 09, 2019 | 6:30 pm–8:30 pm$6
Life has arisen only once to the best of our understanding. It is possible that there is life on other, distant planets, but could humans create a new form of life? Synthetic biology and the quest to create synthetic cells could reframe how we think about the boundaries of life. It could also give clues about the many forms life could take on other planets. The ability to create cells from scratch promises to answer fundamental questions about life and provide new pathways to treating cancer, tackling antibiotic resistance, cleaning up toxic sites and more. We’ll explore the opportunities and potential pitfalls.
Alan Love, professor, History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Jeff Gralnick, professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and Director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m.
Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.
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