Genome Pioneer Venter Keynotes NYU Symposium On Momentous Impact of "Designer Microbes", Sept. 29


Famed geneticist J. Craig Venter, who mapped the human genome and now heads a global effort to create “designer microbes” to address some of the world’s most vexing global environmental and health problems, will keynote a symposium on the subject on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at New York University’s Cantor Film Center (36 E. 8th St. at University Place [Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]).

Famed geneticist J. Craig Venter, who mapped the human genome and now heads a global effort to create “designer microbes” to address some of the world’s most vexing global environmental and health problems, will keynote a symposium on the subject on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at New York University’s Cantor Film Center (36 E. 8th St. at University Place [Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]).

Venter’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion on the far-reaching implications of synthetic biology, in which the tools of genetics are used to modify living organisms or even create new ones. Potential applications include new energy sources, improved pharmaceuticals, and innovative ways to fight global warming by sequestering carbon. Panelists will include: Kathy Hudson, the Genetics and Public Policy Center; Robert Krulwich, National Public Radio; Michael Stebbins, the Federation of American Scientists; Dan Vergano, USA Today; and Apoorva Mandavilli (moderator), 500

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