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The Petri Dish: Life as We *Don't* Know It

Petri Dish Fall 2019

The ability to create cells from scratch promises to answer fundamental questions about life and provide new pathways to treating cancer, tackling antibiotic resistance, cleaning up toxic sites and more. It could also give clues about the many forms life could take on other planets. Join us for a lively, unscripted discussion about the opportunities and potential pitfalls of synthetic biology.


  • Kate Adamala, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and lead investigator for the Build-a-Cell Research Coordination Network
  • Alan Love, Professor, History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
  • Jeff Gralnick, Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and Director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute


October 9, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. 
Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.
Location: Urban Growler 


In collaboration with the Bell Museum.

August, 2019