Bolton School Senior Girls

School to Host Free Talk on Synthetic Biology

Bolton School will host a free, public talk on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 7pm in which Dr Jack Heal will ask, ‘Do Scientists Dream of Synthetic Sheep?’ This event will introduce the world of synthetic biology: the human engineering of biological systems that is sometimes called “genetic engineering on acid”.

This $10 billion industry is one of the UK government’s Eight Great Technologies. Its potential impact is hard to overstate: we can and should understand it. He will address pressing questions like: What is a spider-goat? Can we create artificial life? And why haven’t we made Jurassic Park yet?

Jack works for Cancer Research UK. As well as being a science communicator he enjoys performing comedy and has taken five shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

After the talk there will be a collection for The Against Malaria Foundation.

This free event is open to everyone and will take place in the Girls’ Division Great Hall on Wednesday 19 September 2018, beginning at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available beforehand from 6.30pm. Parking will be available in the Girls’ Division Quad, which will be clearly signposted on the night.

 

Event Contact: Mr B Ickringill, Academic Enrichment Coordinator for the Sciences (bickringill@boltonschool.org)

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