14 March 2014

Frankenstein 2.0: Structure + Pattern + Movement = LIFE?

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SCI's Cambridge & Great Eastern Group and RSC in collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival 2014

Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

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Dr Mark Haw (University of Strathclyde) will explore the latest understanding of the processes that define life.

One rainy summer’s evening in 1816, Mary Shelley dreamt of making a living creature from the assembled parts of dead ones. What she understandably glossed over is the physical and chemical ‘magic’ that turns inanimate molecules into living systems: the gap between matter and life.

Because of advances in techniques and understanding over the past 20 years, scientists are now hot on the trail of Frankenstein 2.0: revealing that the secret of life is not just about having the right ingredients in the right places-structure and pattern - but about how these ingredients move, communicate and transform, resulting in a fiendishly complex microscopic physicochemical ‘production line’ keeping cells alive. The science is potentially world-changing, from nanoengineering to medicine and health. But perhaps an even more important question is what it might mean for society and for all our lives: what will be the consequences of updating Mary’s story and creating Frankenstein 2.0?

Venue and Contact

University of Cambridge

Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

John O’Toole

+44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: john.otoole9@btopenworld.com

Tickets: Free.

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