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How to destroy the world using Python and a synthetic virus

Track:
~ None of these topics
Type:
Talk
Level:
beginner
Room:
Terrace 2A
Start:
12:30 on 11 July 2024
Duration:
30 minutes

Abstract

Would you believe us if we told you that we could create a potentially dangerous virus using Python? This is theoretically possible thanks to synthetic biology, the field of biotechnology that studies how to create and modify organisms. This discipline is used, for example, to genetically modify bacteria to produce the insulin that diabetics will later use. Obviously, such a powerful tool has its possible evil side, which is what we will explore in this talk. After a little biology and genetics class, we will explain a practical example of how to use synthetic biology through a Python script to modify an existing virus and turn it into a deadly one. Thus, you as an attendee will be able to see the potential of this field and how Python can make it easier, not only in the example of the evil virus, but also in other healthcare applications.


The speakers

Helena Gómez Pozo

Helena Gómez Pozo

Biologist born in the center of Spain; currently working in the pharmaceutical industry. Passionate about popularizing the use of programming tools in biology.

Marina Moro López

Marina Moro López

Biomedical Engineer from Madrid and current PhD student in Biophysics and Bioengineering at the University of Barcelona. I am passionate about biology and programming, and I love to mix both and give talks about it. In my day-to-day life I use Python to make my scientific tasks easier. Since April, I am part of the Board of Directors of the Python Spain Association with the role of secretary :)