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Synthetic life
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Wednesday 11th May 2022
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:30
House of Watt
James Wattstraat 73, 1097 DL Amsterdam
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Shaken, not stirred: a recipe to make life

To understand the mystery of life has been the greatest challenge of mankind forever. The smallest unit of life is a cell. Synthetic cells – cells made in the lab – are a way to understand what 'stuff' life is made of. What ingredients do you need to mix together in order to create something that is 'living’?


As physicists, we like to look at things in the simplest possible way. Using that method, we try to find a recipe on how and when to combine those ingredients into a working cell.

Ramon Creyghton (@ramon_c) + Mareike Berger (@MareikeBerger)

PhD Researchers

AMOLF Amsterdam

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Designing the rebirth of life 

The creation of synthetic life is expected to revolutionize biotechnology leading to e.g. new medicines and self-healing materials. It also raises urgent questions about the ethical limits of research, how synthetic life will change our society, and who owns this new life. We need to address these issues timely so scientists can take ethical and socioeconomic concerns onboard when shaping this new technology. Giving the public a voice in shaping the technology is necessary to design our future together.

Michelle Habetts

Senior Researcher

Rathenau Instituut

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