Synthetic Biology and the Future of Nature

Wednesday, November 30 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults, Seniors

Synthetic biology is a broad and fast-moving field of innovation involving the design and construction of new biological parts, and the re-design of existing, natural biological systems.  It has many potential applications that may change human relations to the natural world including replacing natural products (e.g. vanilla, ambergris) with synthetic ones, reviving extinct species, and creating powerful tools to address wicked conservation problems.  Despite this promise and the vast sums being spent on its development, synthetic biology is virtually unknown to the conservation community.  We must engage promptly, honestly and with a broad discussion to see how conservation perspectives can help shape this major emerging field.

About the Series » Portland’s Sustainability Series

Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate

Sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series will present a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative as we engage in these important issues and conversations.