In several groundbreaking studies researchers are creating new genomes inside of bacteria, testing the very limits of genetic engineering and literally creating new letters for life’s alphabet. How do researchers modify A, C, G and T? How do they create life beyond the code we know? What are the consequences? Geneticists George Church and Farren Isaacs share their latest work and discuss the cutting edge developments in genetic engineering. What are the risks involved in creating entirely new genomes? Who should regulated this research, and how?
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public.
This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.