Boston Grey Thumb Meeting

by BostonPostMortem Board on September 7, 2007

in Event announcements

The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant (350 Mass. Ave, Central Square, Cambridge)
Grey Thumb is a group of scientists, engineers, hackers, artists, and
hobbyists in the Boston metro area with a strong interest in artificial life,
artificial intelligence, biology, complex systems, and other related topics.
http://www.greythumb.org
Artificial Real Life

Synthetic biology aims to make biological systems as readily
engineerable as electronic circuits… and there’s a long way to go.

Jason Kelly will provide an introduction to the field through examples of current research and try to offer some ways that you can plug in. From at-home biology experiments to development of much needed CAD tools for biological systems, we could use the help!
some topics we’ll cover:

  • refactoring genomes
  • how to make bacteria smell like bananas
  • Registry of Standard Biological Parts at MIT
  • bacteria-based photography systems
  • International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition

Jason Kelly is a PhD student in Biological engineering at MIT, where he also received a BS in Chemical Engineering & Bio. He co-founded OpenWetWare.org to try to convince academic biologists to treat their work more like an open source project, and really intends to leave MIT some day.

Note: Parking is available for $3 (with validation) in the garage behind
The Asgard on Green St.

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