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Teen Science Cafe – Synthetic Biology: New Techniques That Might Change Human History

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park
1005 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132 United States + Google Map

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FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all area middle and high school students in grades 6 – 12. Space is limited! REGISTER SOON BELOW!

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6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Synthetic BioFeatured Cafe Presenter: Yi-Hsien Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Genome Engineering and iPSC Center, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

It’s called Syn Bio for short. And it could change everything in Biology, from medicine to mosquito control! Synthetic Biology is a relatively new field that combines biology, engineering, and genetics. It is the artificial design of biological systems, or even living organisms, for applications in the real world. A scientist can put together standardized DNA parts to create something entirely new. CRISPR, one synthetic biology technique, made the cover of TIME last year as “The Gene Machine.” Could this lead to artificial life? Or a cure for malaria? Or become a new bio-weapon? What are the ethical implications? Come find out about this amazing new field, it’s applications and implications, in this Teen Science Cafe not to be missed!

Cafe Presenter Bio:

Yi-Hsien Chen moved to Saint Louis from Yi-Lan, Taiwan in 2010. He studied Genetics at Queen’s Medical Center of Nottingham University, UK and finished his postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. Passionate about medical research, the move to Saint Louis was a natural fit. Yi-Hsien is currently an assistant director of Genome Engineering and iPSC Center (GEiC) at Washington University. In his free time, he loves to go hiking, play basketball and watch movies. He also participates in the Biotechnology and Life Science Advising (BALSA) Group at Washington University. BALSA provides consulting services not only to Washington University faculty members, but to Biotech companies in the real world as well.

AOS logo_emblem_black_EDIT wTaglineWhat’s CRISPR? Here’s a short YouTube video by Academy of Science Youth Leadership Team Teen Leader, Emily Stevens!


Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park
1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States
+ Google Map