Ellison-Cliffe lecture 2015: Life is what you make it

Date

Tuesday 20 October 2015

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Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
LONDON
W1G 0AE
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The ‘reading’ of DNA is a solved technological problem but what about ‘writing’ DNA? Can we program or reprogram biological systems and even generate new life forms?

The last few years have seen rapid technological advances in ‘reading’ DNA. We are now able to ‘read’ any genetic code for any living organism including our own. Advances have also given us the ability to chemically synthesise larger pieces of DNA, enabling us to manipulate biological cells by rewriting their DNA code.

For the first time in human history there now exists the possibility of applying engineering principles and design tools to program or reprogram biological systems and even generate new life forms. This is the extraordinary and cutting-edge field of synthetic biology.

In this lecture, which will include demonstrations, Professor Paul Freemont explores how the powerful combination of molecular biology, design and engineering could lead to a ‘Biotechnological Revolution’ that could be applied to many fields including medicine and healthcare.

He will also consider the implications of synthetic biology. It may provide us with the ability to design novel ‘living’ therapies and drug delivery systems as well as the construction of simple, cheap and reliable ‘point-of-care’ diagnostics. However how will it impact societal and cultural concerns such as biosecurity and biosafety, environmental release and the creation of synthetic life? And what is natural, what is manmade and who decides what is a good idea or good biological design?

The Ellison-Cliffe Lecture is free to attend and a great opportunity to engage with and learn more about the many fields of medicine.

agenda

6.00 pm

Registration

6.30 pm

Ellison-Cliffe Lecture: Life is what you make it

Professor Paul Freemont, Chair in Protein Crystallography, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London

7.45 pm

Optional buffet supper

Pre-registration essential, £40 per person

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