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Did you know DNA could replace your hard drive? Could you imagine a future where plants would take your orders for medicines? Come and discover some of the applications of DNA and genetic material; from storing digital information to making drugs!
DNA & The Synthetic Biology Revolution
Mathew Jennison (Synthetic Chemistry Scientist at Evonetix Ltd)
With synthetic biology looking set to dominate the scientific landscape in the coming years, the need for a reliable, robust and flexible method of DNA synthesis is of increasing importance. From personalised gene directed medical treatments to digital information storage, from agrochemicals to material sciences, DNA synthesis could revolutionise many diverse areas of research. The talk will discuss the cutting-edge research conducted at Evonetix Ltd detailing some of the new technologies that are being devised.
Making Drugs from Sunlight & Air
Dr Michael Stephenson (Postdoctoral Scientist at the John Innes Centre)
The plant kingdom produces a vast array of biologically active chemicals many of which have potential applications in medicine. These so-called Natural Products are often very complicated molecules which can be difficult to produce synthetically from scratch. This can limit their development and use as drugs. In this talk Michael will present the application of a plant-based production platform, used by the Osbourn Lab at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, which aims to improve access to these high-value chemicals.