SYNENERGENE – Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Synthetic Biology is a four-year -long project targeted at initiating discussion and popularising knowledge about Synthetic Biology. Copernicus Science Centre is an active participant of the SYNENERGENE project and that is how “Command and control” project was developed. We would like to invite you to Copernicus from 1st to 4th September 2016 for Przemiany Festival.
Synthetic Biology is a new and fast developing field of research. The idea behind it is to design and create artificial biological systems modelled on natural organisms. With the use of e.g. genetic engineering it is possible to give existing organisms new functions. This is how new medicine; new materials and biofuels are developed. Despite the extraordinary potential the products of Synthetic Biology are not widely available. It is similar with social awareness of this field of science.
Within the “Command and control” project we have planned two workshops that will take place at Copernicus Science Centre. The first one will concern the phenomenon of bioluminescence, in particular GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein). The workshop has been developed in cooperation with artists and designers Pani Jurek and Małgorzata Gurowska, who create special lamps that give light thanks to GFP. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to isolate the protein by themselves. Both artists have also created an installation inspired by a human microbiome, which will be presented at “Temptation of Immortality Exhibition” at Copernicus. The second workshop will show practical implications of Synthetic Biology and how we may use it to our benefit.
During the Festival we also want to invite you to the Biological Laboratory of Copernicus Science Centre where we have planned other workshops concerning Synthetic Biology.
Participants will have a chance to isolate DNA and learn how to manipulate it We will show you immortal HeLa cells, which helped developed methods of culturing cells in laboratories and were also used to invent a vaccine to Polio virus. You will also learn why bacteria become resistant to antibiotics and how we can deal with it through alternative therapies like e.g. phage therapy.
All visitors of the lab will also receive a book about Synthetic biology written by members of iGEM Team Warsaw.
The SYNENERGENE project is financed by the European Commission as part of 7th Framework Programme – Science in Society. Apart form Copernicus 30 other science centres take part in the project lead by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie.