Date: June 1 Time: 18:45 - 19:45
The Cork Science Café takes place during our monthly free evening First Fridays at the Castle
18:45 -19:45 (sharp!) – Cork Science Café
We’re all familiar with the prior decade’s endless debates about Genetic Engineering. Fewer of us are familiar with the issues raised by newer technologies in this field, which fall under the blanket heading ‘Synthetic Biology’. In this talk, Cathal aims to introduce Synthetic Biology, and to express his belief that this new avenue of research could help to address not only our well-founded concerns with ‘traditional’ genetic engineering, but also help to solve some serious world problems in otherwise unattainable ways. He’ll be discussing his personal passion: DIYbio, the art of biotechnology as a hobby and giving details on how to be a ‘biohacker’ with mostly household equipment plus info on taking your first steps towards creating something amazing with the oldest technology on earth: Life.
Born a biologist, Cathal Garvey studied Genetics after years of studying life science at home. He believes that Biotech is the birth right of humanity, and should return to the community from which it was derived.
He loves DIYbio, and sees it as the best chance for synthetic biology to rapidly become mainstream as electronics has done. He dreams of changing the world for the people who profit-driven biotech has failed to help and wants to ensure genetic freedoms for everyone; freedom to explore your own DNA, that of nature, and to create new genetic solutions to intractable world problems