May 8, 2017 – Synthetic Biology

Newspapers today are full of accounts of the future marvels of “synthetic biology,” a new approach to engineering life.  But even a century ago,  bringing evolution under control and of developing a “technology of the living substance” were widespread.  In a 30-minute talk and 30-minute Q&A discussion, Luis Campos traced the dramatic claims and profound reworkings of life promised by generations of investigators beginning when the term “genetic engineering” was coined in 1930.  Photos here and video below.4 logo for STS eventsThis Science Pub RVA program was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan, with additional support from The National Science Foundation (grant #1611953), and individuals who kicked something into the beaker the night of the event.

Life By Design: A Centurey of Synthetic Biologywith Luis Campos, PhD
a Science Pub RVA program held May 8, 2017

Luis Campos, PhD
Dr. Campos is historian of science at the University of New Mexico and a Senior Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy.  His scholarship integrates archival discoveries with contemporary fieldwork at the intersection of genetics and society. Dr. Campos earned his doctorate at Harvard University, is the author of Radium and the Secret of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and is co-editor of Making Mutations: Objects, Practices, Contexts (Berlin, MPIWG, 2010).

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