The Petri Dish - March 1

March 1

Presented by the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
Doors at 6pm | Program starts at 7pm
Live music and an interactive bio-themed
game precede the program.

The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN


Pay What You Can, $5 minimum or 800-838-3006

A different kind of science event. No Powerpoints. Just live music, trivia and lots
of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts, exploring how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future.

A Revolution in the Making

Insights into new genetic engineering technologies with the potential to radically reshape medicine

Over the last decade, scientists made huge strides in boosting our ability to synthesize large fragments of DNA (i.e. genes) and use them to program living organisms. We can now design new genes on a computer and get them printed and shipped to their lab a few days later. This technology, coupled with tools that allow us to precisely edit the genomes of both simple and complex organisms, has the potential to reshape the way we think about life and nature, and opens the door to new treatments for cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and more. Our panel will discuss these scientific developments and their implications for the future of medicine and public health.  

Panelists include Michael Smanski (2015 Damon Runyon Breakthrough Scientist award recipient) who studies microbial genomes in search of natural products with medicinal value, viral immunology expert Ryan Langlois, and Heather Zierhut, associate director of the U’s Genetic Counseling graduate program.

Moderator: Alex Eilts