In 2009 a paper was published in the prestigious journal Cell that claimed scientists had successfully “written” memories into a brain. By artificially evoking activity in specific brain cells with pulses of light, the scientists were able to programme behaviourally meaningful memories in flies. Today, award-winning poet and short story writer Sean O’Brien premiers a new short story specially commissioned for Comma’s Bio-Punk project that explores the very real, near-future possibility of memory manipulation. Sean is accompanied by Cambridge University scientist Dr Simon Stott who consulted on the story, and will be discussing the reality behind the fiction.
The reading and talk will take place on Tuesday 13th March, 12.30 – 1.30pm at The Lit and Phil. Tickets are free, although places are limited and can be booked on the Newcastle Science Festival website (under the Art and Science Category).
published on: 2nd March 2012