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Tinkering with DNA

Creating new life and manipulating existing life-forms has always been a recurring theme in fantastic fiction, in this item biologist Nadine Bongaerts will discuss the possiblities of tinkering with DNA on the basis of films.

Creating new life and manipulating existing life-forms has always been a recurring theme in fantastic fiction, from Frankenstein and The Fly till Planet of the Apes and De Lift. With the technology of CRISPR/Cas9, tinkering with human DNA is more accessible than ever and evokes mixed feelings. Cutting, pasting and manipulating human genes is starting to become a normal thing, which frightens some and delights others.

At Imagine, biologist Nadine Bongaerts will use film fragments to discuss the opportunities and dangers of these techniques. Subsequently, the film Monstrum is shown. King Jungjong hears rumours of a man-eating monster causing panic. He needs to find out if it is real, or a fabrication by his scheming Prime Minister.

About Nadine Bongaerts
“I am a biologist fascinated by engineering life at the smallest scale and designing cells with new functions. I was born in the Netherlands, but recently moved to Paris for my PhD research at INSERM and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. There, I am using DNA technologies to develop faster and more efficient methods to find new antibiotics against tuberculosis.
Besides working in the lab, I am actively trying to bridge science with business and society. As Vice President of Hello Tomorrow I am helping deep tech startups with their journey to bring laboratory inventions to the market. And through my company Science Matters, I want to support scientists in communicating their research to the public and to enthuse children and adults for science.” (http://www.nadinebongaerts.com/)

With ‘genetics’ film:

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Info

Type Talk
Part of Things To Come
Spoken languages English
Speaker Nadine Bongaerts

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