Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre

Evolution or Revolution?

The Great North Museum 31st January - 23rd March 2020

This exhibition of artworks made by Dr Marianne Wilde was part of a strand of public engagement work, led by Dr Ken Taylor, as part of PEALS’ contribution to the Synthetic Portabolomics project. The pieces reflected Marianne’s engagement with synthetic biology; drawing on historical references as well as her experiences in the laboratories. Synthetic biology is seen by some people as a revolution in the way biologists can manipulate life, while others see an evolution of the genetic science and biology from which it is derived.

The exhibition asked questions of the visitors, exploring this dichotomy and the notion of how such work might be done in a framework of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’. The exhibition included a video on Synthetic Biology made by the Newcastle-based company Roots and Wings