In this talk, Nicola Patron from the Earlham Institute will explain how advances in biology are moving us into an exciting new era of biomanufacturing, in which we use genetic information to program cells to produce valuable molecules from simple inputs like sugar… or even just water and light.
For thousands of years, humans have explored the natural world for food, textiles, adhesives, dyes, resins and biologically active small molecules, many used as medicines. We started by purifying the products that we wanted from the organisms that made them, but many were rare or hard to extract so we began to use chemistry to build them from simpler chemicals.
Tuesday 23 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: Free, booking required
Tickets go off-sale 12 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day.