Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Synbiosafe Interviews International Experts on Synthetic Biology

Synbiosafe, an EU-funded NGO, interviewed a group of international experts on synthetic biology and have posted short video clips (10 minutes or so) of these interviews. Two things about these interviews are of particular interest to me.

First, my brother-in-law Luis Campos who is an Assistant Professor at Drew University was interviewed last spring in Vienna and is featured expert in this series. Luis talks about the “prehistory” of synthetic biology, the history of “genetic engineering” and on creating life in the test tube over the course of the twentieth century.

Second, when you look at all of the experts and their affiliations you’ll see that they not only represent a variety of academic disciplines and professions but they also represent multiple countries. It is this international aspect of the group of experts that is quite appealing to me and why I’m posting to IHEC Blog.

You can access all of the expert interviews here. You’ll have to scroll through all of the experts to watch Luis as he is the last video interview. His talk is very informative so please check it out!

In a previous IHEC Blog post entitled “Cultural Exchange and Understanding as a Result of Some Russian Bells” I also highlighted some of the fine work that Luis is doing. You can check out that blog post here.

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