QB3 will host the symposium on life engineering, aimed at academic and industry scientists interested in synthetic biology, the design and construction of new biological entities such as enzymes, genetic circuits, and cells or the redesign of existing biological systems. Topics include: the use of DNA as programmable substrate; the design of synthetic bacteria to produce malaria drugs and fight cancer; methods for programming stem cells; and ways to engineer signaling proteins to control cell morphology. Computer scientists and electrical engineers will describe robotics based on biological systems, and speakers will explore legal and ethical issues surrounding synthetic biology. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium, but participants need to register at http://qb3.org/lifeengineering.htm.
Funded by a $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative is a 15-year effort to catalyze interdisciplinary inquiry and to enhance communication among researchers, funding agencies, universities, and the general public. The objective of the Futures Initiative is to stimulate interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of scientific inquiry. The Futures Initiative builds on three pillars of vital and sustained research: interdisciplinary encounters that counterbalance specialization and isolation; the identification and e
Contact: Maureen O'Leary
The National Academies