Past events

How to grow a human, The Royal Institution

Evening of 31 May 2019, London

Philip Ball discusses how he grew a ‘mini-brain’ from a piece of his arm and will examine the concept of identity and how it is rooted in our flesh and cells. He’ll also be talking about the new technologies that were used to make his "brain in a dish", and how these reveal the astonishing plasticity of our flesh, enabling one body part (or perhaps an entire body?) to be grown from a scraping of another.

There will be a lot of juicy topics in this event, as well as many ethical questions surrounding growing humans.


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