In The Field

Suddenly Synthetic (was Standing Beside Other Posters)

I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of this poster put up by Etc. group for the evening poster session at Synthetic Biology 3.0 in Zürich, Switzerland.

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Etc. is an advocacy group that has been urging caution on the synthetic biology front. In general, their arguments are fairly interesting, if not leaning a bit towards radical socialism. But this poster, wedged between serious scientific presentations, seemed over the top enough that conference goers were requesting I take their picture beside it. I waited around for someone from Etc. to come ‘walk me through it.’ But no one showed up.

Incidentally, during the panel discussion this evening, someone from the audience mentioned learning a lot from a poster that Etc. was presenting. I don’t think this is the one she was talking about. Maybe I can get Jim Thomas to explain it to me tomorrow on the last day of the conference.


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