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Institute for Life Sciences

Multidisciplinary Research Week - Synthetic Biology: Ethical Challenges in Saving the World Event

15:30 - 17:00
7 February 2012
Building 37, Room 4049 (Senate Room), Highfield Campus

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Event details

Dr Ali Tavassoli, Dr Marcus Dymond and Daisy Ginsberg present a session that explores synthetic biology, its potential future and ethical challenges.

There is currently much excitement surrounding the rapidly growing discipline of synthetic biology, which utilizes the design and construction principles of engineering to develop, evolve and standardize biological components and systems.

The session will begin with an introduction to synthetic biology by Ali Tavassoli followed by an exploration of its potential future by artist/designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. Marcus Dymond will present a description of some of the ethical challenges of synthetic biology.

This session will be of interest to people within art, design, social sciences, chemistry, biological sciences and engineering.

Speaker information

Dr Ali Tavassoli,Ali is a Reader in Chemical Biology and is jointly appointed at the School of Chemistry and the Cancer Sciences division of the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr Marcus Dymond,Marcus is based in the School of Chemistry, and his research and teaching interests are in and around the field of Synthetic Biology.

Daisy Ginsberg,Artist / Designer, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer exploring the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, especially synthetic biology. Daisy is Design Fellow on the international research project, Synthetic Aesthetics (Stanford University/ University of Edinburgh), investigating the shared territory between synthetic biology, art and design.

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