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6:00 PM November 10, 2016
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About the talk

Life is a strange subject, but it affects us all—one Australian is born every 1.45 minutes, while one dies every 3.25 minutes. We’re good at talking about the beginnings of life, but pretty awkward when it comes to facing the end.

The instructions for life are written in our DNA, but what if you could help the next generation to be stronger, taller, smarter, slimmer, free of birth defects and generally healthier later in life - would you use that power? Should you?

Almost as if it has been plucked from a sci-fi novel, scientists have been learning to use genes to the advantage of health, life and longevity. Research in Epigenetics has been going on for some time and the revolutionary findings that have been discovered when you simply turn specific genes on or off, are astounding.

LIFE in Perth will explore the science behind life’s beginnings; the use of artificial wombs; extending life and improving health through genetic modification; and the ethical and regulatory challenges posed by the emergence and use of these new techniques and technologies.

About the speakers

Hosted by science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs and guest speakers:

  • Dr Hayley Dickinson, Embryology and Placental Biology, Hudson Institute for Medical Research
  • Professor Ryan Lister, Lister Lab, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Brenda McGivern, Law School, University of Western Australia

This event is proudly supported by:

Science and Technology Australia

Nitrogen Travel and Accommodation Sponsor

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Contact Information

6:00 PM November 10, 2016

LIFE in Perth

About the talk

Life is a strange subject, but it affects us all—one Australian is born every 1.45 minutes, while one dies every 3.25 minutes. We’re good at talking about the beginnings of life, but pretty awkward when it comes to facing the end.

The instructions for life are written in our DNA, but what if you could help the next generation to be stronger, taller, smarter, slimmer, free of birth defects and generally healthier later in life - would you use that power? Should you?

Almost as if it has been plucked from a sci-fi novel, scientists have been learning to use genes to the advantage of health, life and longevity. Research in Epigenetics has been going on for some time and the revolutionary findings that have been discovered when you simply turn specific genes on or off, are astounding.

LIFE in Perth will explore the science behind life’s beginnings; the use of artificial wombs; extending life and improving health through genetic modification; and the ethical and regulatory challenges posed by the emergence and use of these new techniques and technologies.

About the speakers

Hosted by science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs and guest speakers:

  • Dr Hayley Dickinson, Embryology and Placental Biology, Hudson Institute for Medical Research
  • Professor Ryan Lister, Lister Lab, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Brenda McGivern, Law School, University of Western Australia

This event is proudly supported by:

Science and Technology Australia

Nitrogen Travel and Accommodation Sponsor

university of western australia logo

Perth Town Hall,Corner Barrack Street and Hay Street Western Australia

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