[ASC-list] Sydney: Synthetic Biology - the next gen of GM

Carla Avolio carla.avolio at sydney.edu.au
Tue Aug 2 05:19:46 UTC 2011

Synthetic Biology: the next gen of GM

Come on a journey into hyper-coloured plant cells to learn about the science
that is changing life as we know it ­ synthetic biology. Presented by world
renowned plant biologist ­ Jim Haseloff from the University of Cambridge ­
this public talk will challenge you to think about the possibilities for
artificially producing synthetic life that is tailor made to our own
specifications. After the talk, the University of Sydney¹s Eastern Ave
Auditorium will come alive with plants, microscopy and demonstrations of
cutting-edge plant science. Enjoy a free cocktail reception as you discover
more about plants and the emerging field of synthetic biology.

Registration is essential for this event. Registration can be done online
from the event website
<sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/forum/lecture_haseloff.shtml> or by email
science.forum at sydney.edu.au

Date: Wednesday 10 August, 2011
Time: 5:45pm ­ 7:00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Eastern Ave Auditorium, the University of Sydney, Camperdown
Event webpage: <sydney.edu.au/news/sobs/1719.html?eventid=7871>

Event description: Imagine if we could make cells that would help us tackle
today's challenges - cells that could clean up oil spills, produce fuel,
break down waste and even improve our health. Once only possible in the
realm of sci-fi and scientists' dreams, the ability to create life de-novo
is tantalisingly close to being a reality. With the creation last year of
'Synthia' - a bacterial cell with an entirely manufactured genome - the new
field of Synthetic Biology made a technical leap and landed on the public

Dr Jim Haseloff, from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of
Cambridge, will take us to the cutting edge of this emerging field and
explain how Synthetic Biology goes beyond traditional modification of
inserting a single gene into an organism, to using engineering principles to
design and construct brand new living systems from scratch.

Dr Haseloff will reveal how his research on plants, and the genes that
control their growth, is paving the way for the ability to engineer plants
with specialised features for producing food, fuels, biomass, polymers and

Taking us on a journey into hyper-coloured plants cells through his
award-winning images, Dr Haseloff will explore the exciting future of the
science that is changing life as we know it.

CARLA AVOLIO | Science Communicator
School of Biological Sciences

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