What do microbes that live on glaciers and in snow on Earth tell us about the potential for life on Mars? What can a cell made from scratch in a lab reveal about how life may have originated here on Earth -- and beyond? Research on extremophiles (microbes that live in extreme conditions) and synthetic cells (artificial life forms made from scratch in the lab), provide unique takes on life that may shed important insights into space travel and extraterrestrial life? Join us for a far-ranging discussion with Trinity Hamilton and Kate Adamala about how tiny life forms on the fringes may illuminate huge truths about life in the universe.
Wednesday, October 21
4 - 5 p.m. CT | via Zoom
Humans impact the planet at every scale from the composition of microbes in our soil to the function (or dysfunction) of entire ecosystems. Some suggest the current geological era should be called the Anthropocene in recognition of the outsized role we play in shaping the world around us. Our ability to understand how things work and, potentially, how to make them work for us to address pressing issues has never been greater. Given the rapid pace of discovery, what would it look like if we could time travel into the not-too-distant future. Investigators talk about the probable challenges we face and the possible developments that could shape the future in profound ways. This is a continuation from the spring 2020 series. Check out the November event as well.
The series is moderated by the Bell Museum's Holly Menninger.
Organized by the College of Biological Sciences and the Bell Museum.