Talk Title: What Synthetic Biology Can Do For You Description: Synthetic Biology is an ascending interdisciplinary field, crossing the traditional boundary between Science and Engineering, while simultaneously raising new possibilities and questions in tertiary education, healthcare, ethics and many other fields. In this talk, Eric defines synthetic biology for a layperson audience, illustrates the dynamic range of scientific and engineering advances made in this field, and provides a vision on how synthetic biology will come to affect the average person. Eric will also show how iGEM, the premier undergraduate synthetic biology competition, can be used as an effective tool, specifically in advancing problem-based interdisciplinary education and in developing a new generation of researchers equipped to deal with science and ethics holistically. Links: http://www.ubcigem.com/ http://terry.ubc.ca/tedxterrytalks. Filmed by Craig Ross at TEDx Terry talks 2009 (October 3rd, 2009). Video edited by David Ng. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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