Science Pub Portland

Date: Mar. 11, 2013 Time: 7-9pm Located at: McMenamins Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Who is this for: All ages Cost: $5 suggested cover charge

Science Pub Portland

Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts
with Emily Anthes

Biotechnology has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life, and we have the power to modify animals in profound new ways. We are editing their genetic codes, rebuilding their broken bodies, and supplementing their natural senses. Scientists have already created all sorts of strange creatures, including a glow-in-the-dark cat, a bionic bulldog, and a remote-controlled cyborg beetle.

In this talk, journalist Emily Anthes (author of the new book Frankenstein's Cat) takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. Though our new scientific superpowers often spur apocalyptic fantasizing, they could do more good for animals that they're often given credit for. Anthes will discuss how we can harness advances in genetics, neuroscience, and electronics to create healthier, happier, fitter critters. If we're thoughtful and careful, we may just be able to use biotechnology to save animals--and ourselves.

Emily Anthes is a journalist whose articles have appeared in Wired, Discover, Psychology Today, Slate, Scientific American, The Boston Globe, and other publications. She holds a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog, Milo.

Copies of Frankenstein’s Cat will be available for purchase and signing at this Science Pub.

Science Pub Portland - Bagdad Theater, is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!

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