Dreams and nightmares of the genetic age

Dreams and nightmares of the genetic age

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 22nd Feb 2022

 £17.03

The 2021 Genetics Society JBS Haldane Lecturer is Matthew Cobb.

For the last 50 years, new genetic techniques have transformed science. They’ve been turned into technology, putting food in the fields, healing bodies and, hidden from history, constructing terrifying weapons.

Join Matthew Cobb as he explores how every new development has been rapidly counterbalanced by fears of disaster. From genetically manipulated humans, to the inadvertent or deliberate release of dangerous organisms.

In this talk, Matthew shows how genetic engineering has shaped the last half century as surely as the atom bomb shaped the post-war world. Exploring science, business, culture and protest, he reveals the alarming power of the new genetics and explores how it can be controlled.

The JBS Haldane Lecture recognises an individual for outstanding ability to communicate topical subjects in genetics research, widely interpreted, to an interested lay audience. This speaker will have a flair for conveying the relevance and excitement of recent advances in genetics in an informative and engaging way. You can watch Giles Yeo, the 2019 JBS Haldane Lecturer, on the Ri YouTube channel here.


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2022-02-22 2022-02-22 Europe/London Dreams and nightmares of the genetic age Join Matthew Cobb as he explores how every new development in genetic techniques has been rapidly counterbalanced by fears of disaster. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2022/02/22/dreams-and-nightmares-of-the-genetic-age-284829 Royal Institution (inc Faraday Museum),21 Albemarle Street, London,London,

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