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Science Pub RVA - Life by Design

Science Pub RVA - Life by Design

Mon, May 8, 2017

Doors: 5:45 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Free (Reservations Available)

Tickets at the Door

Science Pub RVA - Life by Design
Science Pub RVA -- "Life by Design"

History and science are on tap when Dr. Luis Campos walks into a bar on May 8th to talk about the evolution of synthetic biology.

Newspapers today are full of accounts of the future marvels of “synthetic biology,” a new approach to engineering life. But even a century ago, dreams of bringing evolution under control and of developing a “technology of the living substance” were widespread. “Genetic engineering” was coined as early as the 1930s, coinciding with visions of amateurs in their gardens innovating a new backyard biology. Even the production of life itself in the test tube was a highly sought after and scarcely questionable goal. With the rise of recombinant DNA technologies in the 1970s, however, new and more complex meanings began to emerge as probing questions of promise and peril when engineering life–questions of safety, “violating species boundaries,” and even eugenical concerns–came to the fore in a way inconceivable to earlier investigators.

5:45 Doors Open — arrive when you wish & enjoy a beer and/or a bite
7:00 Program Starts
8:00 Program Concludes

If you’re flying solo and keen to meet other curious minds, let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you toward a community table. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.
Venue Information:
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA, 23229