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20 February 2017

DanStem Scientists at Science & Cocktails


DanStem scientists Josh Brickman and Anne Grapin-Botton will give a lecture on ‘Stem cells and their awareness of future self, what do they need to make bodies and organs in a dish? 28 March 2017 20:00 Byens Lys Christiania

Stem cells can give rise to any cell in the body. What makes these cells special? How can we control them to generate the desired specialized cells? What can they do on their own and what do we need to provide them with to get them make the cells that can cure debilitating disease? Ultimately they hold the promise for curing debilitating, degenerative diseases such as Parkinsons and Diabetes, but how far are we from generating the cells that could be used to replace damaged tissue? Can we actually use them to generate organs?

Embryonic stem cells are derived from human embryos giving rise to a number of contentious ethical issues. However, these initial moral considerations have now been overshadowed by ever expanding expectations as to what these cells can do. Stem cells have been presented as a therapeutic panacea, are used as commercial argument to sell beauty creams, have been touted as an animal free source of meat, and as a means to encourage dangerous medical tourism. What can really be achieved with stem cells?

Anportrait_annegrapinbotton_235x459.jpgne Grapin-Botton and Josh Brickman will discuss where we stand with stem cells and their likely application. Can they be used to generate to generate organs, or even embryos, in a dish? They will show how the scientific conception of stem cells is changing from a cell type to a transient state and how this could inform the public debate on the ethics and applications for these incredible cells.

Afterwards, cocktails, while Nulle and Jakob Munck will play music.

28 March 2017, 20:00, Byens Lys Christiania

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Entrance to the event is free. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00.

Science & Cocktails is an initiative that brings science and entertainment closer together by creating a series of public lectures intertwined with music/art performances and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand.

Scientific knowledge is in general not considered accessible by many and, like any other form of information, it travels from researcher to journalist and is finally transmitted through the usual media channels (but perhaps slightly distorted). Science & Cocktails aims to create a relaxed platform where researchers and audience are on equal footing and conversations can be easily followed while sipping a Famous Penicillin cocktail side by side with your favorite scientist.

The lectures are in English and free, read more about the initiative here: http://www.scienceandcocktails.org/